“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
There are two important words here; meek and rest; the way to the second is through the first.
Meekness is not the wishy washy manner that is popularly attributed to it by the carnal and worldly; the meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority; he is not a shrinking violet afraid to open his mouth or raise his eyes. On the contrary, he may be as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson in his moral life.
But the meek man knows he is what God has declared him to be; a sinner, weak and helpless in the face of temptation, genetically disposed to rebel against divine authority and the majesty of heaven. In this knowledge of his inadequacy to meet the standards that God demands he is driven to moral action; the moral action of resting in Christ! In himself nothing, in Christ everything!
Rest is not something we do; it is the outcome of when we cease to do. The striving to which we are called, is the striving to let go; to abandon the firm ground and to let go of the safe banks and to cast ourselves into the middle of the river of life that flows from the throne of God, there to be carried along on the tide of the Spirit.
As the hymnist wrote “None of me and all of Thee”; there is the meek man and the meek man is blessed because of his meekness; he has entered the rest of Christ Jesus and strives no more for himself; he is content with Christ; he cares not what the world thinks of him or who is greater than he for he has learnt that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort. He is one of those of whom Jesus said;
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).