Welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.Psalm 37:10-11 (ESV)
“In just a little while…”
Time is a funny thing. Lately, I really don’t understand it. When I was a little kid I would have days that seemed endless and boring. Time felt slow sometimes. I can remember vividly a day in 4th grade — I’m pretty sure I’m still living that day as it was the. Slowest. Day. EVER! Now, though, as an adult time feels like it’s passing by in the blink of an eye. I just had my daughter, but she’s 10. I just started teaching, but I’m in my 18th year. My husband and I just met, but that was 13 years ago. Time…I just don’t get it.
I also don’t get ugliness, meanness, evilness, and hate. I struggle hard with injustice. I want the bad guys to pay. My favorite shows to watch on TV are all crime dramas where the villains always get caught and are always adequately punished. Psalm 37:10 tells us that in just a little while all the wicked will go away. We know from other places in the Bible that the wicked will go away because God will deal with them. Verse 10 discusses a more practical truth about the wicked — they will all eventually be no more because eventually they will die. One day, they will reach their last day on this earth and according to Psalm 37 that leaves way for the meek to inherit the land.
God sees and experiences time much differently than we humans do. God was, is, and always will be. He’s seen all and knows all. He is omniscient and omnipresent. So, when God says that “in just a little while the wicked will be no more,” to Him little means little (as we know it) and it means small in comparison to all of time. Little means a human’s average life span, and it also means the time it takes to get to the end of days when God is judging the earth. Time is different for God.
In this psalm, we are told that after the wicked are gone the meek — the righteous, the humble — will inherit the land. Jesus confirms this truth in Matthew 5:5. Not only will they inherit the land, but the meek will get to delight in abundant peace. I don’t now about you, but that sounds marvelous to me!
So, what does it mean to be meek? What kind of person do I have to be in order to obtain this amazing blessing from God? A meek person is someone who remains patiently calm, humble, and peaceful especially in circumstances that would get most people to act in the opposite way (dictionary.com).
I don’t know if you caught that, but a meek person is someone who is peaceful when MOST people would be the opposite. So a meek person is not your average person. A meek person is special, unique. And a meek person inherits the land and lives in abundant peace.
I want to deflate into sadness right now because I struggle on the daily to be the woman I think God wants me to be. I love the idea of being a meek person and inheriting the land living in abundant peace, but I worry I will never be good enough to receive this blessing. But rather than allow myself to dwell in these disappointed feelings, I’m going to choose gratefulness instead. I am grateful that God alerted me to the importance of Psalm 37. I am grateful God is revealing all this amazing goodness and truth to me in these last days. And I am grateful for every morning I get to wake up and try again to be a success for Jesus (with His help, of course).
If you want to be counted as one of God’s meek, humble, righteous people, but you know you don’t deserve it and feel a little hopeless about it all, don’t fear. Resist those negative thoughts and pray…right now! Tell God you are worried that you won’t make it. You are worried you can’t be unlike the majority. Pour out your heart to Jesus NOW! He will make a way for you. We are all broken pots, but God’s specialty is fixing broken pots. All we have to do is humble ourselves and take our brokenness to Him!