Character Quality: Meekness

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Character Quality: Meekness

Meekness is rooted in self-control, but is not without boldness. Meekness requires discernment and subsequent action. Meekness displays humility, strength under fire. It chooses to trust even when it doesn’t make sense to do so. Meekness will display clear evidence of a person’s maturity.

Mary found favor in the eyes of God. Though young, God saw her heart, a heart that was tender, innocent, and willing. When the Angel visited her with the big announcement, Mary responded in meekness. She came under the authority of the angel, she submitted herself as a trusting servant. There was no sign in Mary of willfulness or stubbornness or doubt—quite the opposite. She was composed, confident, and calm. She listened to what the Angel had to say and then obeyed.

I’ve done a whole dramatic recording called Mary Remembers. It is a view from Mary’s perspective as the mother of Christ. You can get more information about it here.

There is a chosen strength in meekness. Though it can fall into passive conformity, when empowered and inspired by God, it can be more powerfully exemplified in active cooperation. The person who practices meekness does not sit on the sidelines, but rather is involved, working with others to solve problems. They are often described as diplomatic.

The opposite of meek is difficult, contrary, frustrating. Arrogance and selfishness characterize the person who lives without meekness. A meek person listens, submits, and cooperates. We see this in Mary’s interaction with the Angel.

First she listened to the Angel’s greeting, “Greetings favored one! The Lord is with you.” Further she is admonished, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” There is nothing recorded in Scripture of Mary talking over the Angel, interrupting, or asking for exhaustive explanations. She just listens.

The angel goes on to lay out God’s plan, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever and His kingdom will have no end.” (Note the seven promises outlined by the Angel!)

Mary, having listened, asked a simple, reasonable question. There is no doubt in her words, but rather a desire to understand the ‘how’ this was to happen. Instead of doubt, it’s her innocence that is reflected when she asked, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

The Angel gently explained, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over-shadow you; and for this reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. Nothing is impossible with God.” Again Mary listens.

Her response to this statement shows her submission, “Behold, I am the bond-servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” Here Mary’s submission to the will of the Lord as declared through the angel is clear. She exhibits humility, willingly placing herself under his authority. She knew her place and freely took it.

Mary didn’t know exactly what it would mean to agree to carry the Son of God. How could she have anticipated what was to come? She didn’t. She couldn’t have possibly known how others would respond. She couldn’t have predicted the ridicule, the shunning, or the whispering. Instead of trying to make sense of it all, she simply chose to submit and trust.

As the months moved on, Mary continues to display her example of meekness as she cooperates with God and His plan. She takes her place not only under God, but also under her husband Joseph. The timing of the census was truly divine. Mary and Joseph traveled together to Bethlehem and there she gave birth.

Scripture is replete with examples of Mary’s meekness. She listened, submitted, and cooperated with God’s will and His plan. This is not to say that she completely understood it. In fact it was quite the opposite. But time and time again, Mary chose to trust God.

Father,

Teach us the beauty of meekness. Do not allow us to think of it as weakness or as wimpy. It is quiet the opposite to trust You. Strengthen us and increase our faith when things get hard and don’t make sense. Help us to listen, to submit, and to cooperate. Help us to remember who You are in the midst of the madness and the chaos, the hurry and the mundane. Our meekness is beautiful to You. It is the hallmark of a child of the King.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: May 8, 2015, by : Rachael Carman