«The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace» Psalm 37:11
THE PRESIDENT of Taylor University in Indiana, United States, received with open arms a young student hailing from the African continent. He gladly gave him a full tour of the university campus. When they reached the dorms, the president asked the young man where he would like to sleep. The student gave a very surprising answer. «If there is a room nobody else wants, give it to me.» Perhaps you, dear reader, might be as altruistic as that young man. Sadly, as a student at Dominican Adventist University, I tried to find ways to get one of the best rooms; under no circumstances did I want to stay in a room nobody wanted.
The young man’s testimony is a clear example of biblical meekness. In the Sermon on the Mount, referring to Psalm 37:11, Jesus said, «Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth» (Matthew 5:5). Our Lord defined Himself as a «meek and lowly» being (Matthew 11:29). He is the «lowly» King (Matthew 21:5).
The Greek word for meek, praus, defines an individual who does not allow himself to be «too impressed by an elevated sense of self-importance.»• Meek is the person who is humble, courteous, and considerate; who asks for the room nobody wants; who does the Job everyone turns down; who embraces the ones everyone marginalizes; who accepts living according to God’s ethics.
The meek are willing to perform the small actions that tend to be underestimated in the eyes of men, but which are the ones God takes into account when it comes time to make us great. «The Lord lifts up the humble [praus in the Septuagint, DO(],» says Psalm 147:6. Jesus offers to exalt us when we make ourselves small and humble; when we stop feeling we are the most important ones; when we are considerate with others. And since God knows that way of viewing life is not valued here, He offers us an inheritance in the heavenly homeland.
Those who decide to be in the room nobody wants here «shall inherit the earth.» People will probably make fun of us when they see we choose the worst room, but very soon the Lord will give us the most glorious room and there we will live forever with the meekest person in the universe: our kind God.