Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth – Matthew 5:5
Growing up, I always had a problem with this verse. Your typical pre-teen and teenaged boy always wants to be considered tough and aloof, and is always on guard so as not to do anything that could be considered “wimpish”. You always felt the need to prove yourself so that the other guys didn’t think that you were a pushover, and could be someone who would be fodder for them to prove their manliness.
But then this verse comes along.
When you read it for the first time, you may think that it means to be a wimp. God is basically saying being a pushover, and let others take advantage of you. That the way to heaven is to get your butt kicked constantly. At least, that is what I thought.
But I was wrong.
Being the father of two autistic boys is overwhelming. The constant demands for your time to help them with their struggles is sometimes more than a person can bear. Add to that the medical forms, school requirements and meetings, and other things that need to be done for their care, and you start feeling as though you don’t have the strength to even live the life God has set before you.
You start to cry out “Lord, please help. I can’t handle this!”
And that is what that verse means.
What he is saying is that you can’t rely on your own strength to get through life, let alone be a good Christian. It is by asking for his help that we are able to not only live life, but live it to the fullest. When we stop trying to be the “tough guy” that society says we are supposed to be, and instead ask for help, we are able to bear more things and do more with our lives than we expect that we could with our circumstances.
The willingness to take things off your own shoulders is something we all need to be ready to do. With everything that has happened in raising my boys, from the violent temper tantrums to the trying to figure out what to do about school, if I didn’t have the ability to get on my knees and to ask for God’s help, I would not be able to handle the strain of things. But knowing that I have put everything in front of him, and that he will be there allows me to focus on what needs to happen to care for my family, and make my life the best it can be.
May God bless you all!