Surrender and Hunger
“Blessed are the meek…Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:5, 6)
Now that we have set aside some time to celebrate Holy Week and Easter let’s return to the blessed attitudes Jesus told us would make us salt and light, part of His solution, and one of His answers in this world. These attitudes come in pairs. The first pair was to be poor, or broken in spirit, and to mourn over the hard reality of how spiritually bankrupt we truly are.
The second pair is to be meek and then hunger and thirst for what is right. Meekness is not weakness. We read that Moses was the meekest man who had ever lived at his time in history and Jesus clearly said “I am meek.” (Matthew 11: 28-30.) If you are acquainted with Moses and with Jesus you know that these men were anything but weak. A synonym for meekness is tameness. A good metaphor that illustrates meekness is when a powerful horse takes the bit and surrenders to the will of its rider.
Another good Biblical example of meekness is when Saul of Tarsus surrendered his will to the Christ he met on the road to Damascus, asked what his Lord wanted him to do, and became the Apostle Paul. Saul became meek then he hungered and thirsted to know what was right. The promise is that they will be filled with righteousness. They will also passionately oppose what they encounter that is not right. This second attitude is not that we are to hunger and thirst for happiness, but for rightness.
Would you like to be part of the solution and one of the answers of Jesus in this world? Then surrender and be filled with what is right.