Welcome Have you ever wondered, what exactly is meekness? According to Matthew 5:5, the meek shall inherit the earth, so it sounds like something I should have, or be, but what exactly is it? Today I’m going to take a closer look at the meaning of meekness and how I can apply it to my life. For our recipe today, we have a “meek, not weak” main dish of chicken and dumplings. Thanks for joining me. Note-I may receive a small compensation from advertisers or affiliate links found in this blog. For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.
Food For Thought I had no idea there were so many definitions for the word “meek.” When I looked up “meekness” on Dictionary.com, it listed a more positive description including words like “humbly patient or docile”, “compliant”, and “gentle and kind.” Merriam Webster dictionary uses words like “submissive” and “deficient in spirit and courage” to describe a meek person. So meekness can inspire different thoughts, depending on the usage of the word. Often our world looks upon a meek person as someone without drive or determination, easily taken advantage of, or weak. If we turn to Biblical sources for a definition of the word meek, we could not be further from meaning weak.
The KJV Bible website defines meekness as “mild of temper, soft, gentle, not easily provoked or irritated.” Now we’re getting somewhere. It’s easy to see how these words can fit into our understanding of scripture, and how we should behave as a meek person on our daily spiritual walk. Biblestudytools.com also spent some time discussing the meaning of this word, admitting that meekness is not considered a positive virtue in modern times. This source stated that in Biblical times, meekness was defined as an active and deliberate acceptance of undesirable circumstances. We know in our studies that followers of Christ often faced very undesirable circumstances, such as persecution and imprisonment, during that time period. Knowing this, it makes the verse “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” a little easier to understand. When Jesus shared these words with his disciples, as referred to in Matthew chapter 5, he knew the undesirable circumstances that would face these men, as well as what he would face on the cross. But for those who can accept these things on behalf of their faith and belief in God’s plan, they will inherit the earth, or kingdom of God. But meekness is not weakness, it’s acceptance. Meekness requires an inner resilience and strength to accept frustrating circumstances without anger or bitterness (for additional reading on this see 10 Strategies for Cultivating Meekness at unlockingthebible.org). In fact, only two people in the Bible have been described as meek, Moses and Jesus. I would not consider either of these two men “weak.” Jesus is the ultimate example of being meek, not weak…the strength it took to say the words “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34) and not lash out in anger or bitterness in the events leading up to the crucifixion is far greater than any strength I would ever possess. Yet, we know Jesus displayed gentleness for his people as well. And I know I’m supposed to be trying to live my life more like Jesus, so how can I be “meek”?
Hopefully, in our generation, we will not be persecuted for our faith, as the disciples were, and not have to summon our meekness for the same circumstances. The best place for me to apply this attitude or behavior is when I become angry or frustrated with my circumstances, whatever they might be. If I can exhibit meekness by becoming more flexible and adaptable, I won’t be showing weakness, but strength in choosing to live my life as God would desire. Showing a softer side to my somewhat high-strung personality is a great place to start showing meekness. Can I respond gently to the little glitches of life that get me sidetracked? Can I humbly accept my circumstances as part of the mountains and valleys we all go through? Can I strongly proclaim my faith in my powerful God in a gentle way that sets an example to others?
Today’s Scripture If I were going to sum up the term “meek”, I think I would refer to Galatians 5:23–gentleness and self-control. These two traits are part of the fruits of the spirit that we should be living while we walk with the Spirit of the Lord. And Matthew 5:5 is not the only place in scripture that tells of the meek inheriting the land. Psalm 37:11 states “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” God is promising something in return for our meekness, and it will be well worth the efforts.
Today’s Prayer Lord, I humbly come before You at this time, asking for guidance on my daily walk with You. I ask that I may understand the term “meek” according to Your plan and conduct my behaviors in such a way that I am an example of meekness to others. I pray that I may have a more gentle spirit, be slow to anger, and be more adaptable to life’s little frustrations. Lord, I ask that if any others out there are struggling with this trait, or the fruits of the spirit that are gentleness and self-control, that You will be with them on their walk as well. We ask for Your interventions that we may live a life according to Your Will, and also that we may live our lives as Christian examples to others. I pray these things in Jesus Holy Name, Amen.
Today’s Recipe As my title says today, meek does not equal weak. As I was thinking about a recipe for today, I wanted something that is considered humble and gentle, yet not weak in flavor. I also thought of someone, a person I think exhibits great characteristics of meekness, and that is my mother. So, the recipe I have today is humble and gentle, and also my mom’s favorite food: Chicken and Dumplings.
There is great debate among country cooks about whether the dumplings should be “noodle like” and slick, or if they should have a more “doughy” texture and resemble biscuits. Personally, I like the doughy dumplings for flavor, texture, and ease of preparation. These are called “Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings” because we use seasoned, pre-cooked chicken breasts (if you are into “meal prep” you always have cooked chicken breasts handy) and the drop biscuit-type dumpling is less time-consuming than a dough that needs to be prepared, rolled out, and cut. With this recipe you can have chicken and dumplings, even on a weeknight! BTW, this recipe was unanimously voted best recipe of the week at our house!
Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings (makes 8-10 servings)
- 2 cups baking mix (like Bisquick, but whatever brand you prefer)
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 cups of cooked and chopped chicken breast (3 large breasts gave me 3 cups)
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 3 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 32-oz cartons of low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
- In medium bowl combine baking mix and milk, stirring until a soft dough forms; set aside. In large stock pot, saute’ vegetables in olive oil, about 6-7 minutes; add seasonings. Add chicken broth to pot and bring to a boil. When liquid is boiling, drop dumpling dough by the spoonful into hot liquid. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking 10 more minutes. Add in chicken and peas, if using, and simmer on low for 10 more minutes.
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