“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)

            The word ‘meek’  is connected with the shepherd and the sheep. The Hebrew meaning of the word “meek” is “Anav” which means “watch constantly.” Usually Israeli shepherds say, “My sheep are meek because they look to me for direction and they totally depend on me.” The LORD Jesus spoke the above verse to His disciples urging them to be meek and enjoy its blessings. Isaac, one of the classic examples of meek ones, experienced the inheritance of the meek. When Abimelech, the Philistine King, drove Isaac from Gerar, Isaac meekly moved to the valley of Gerar. Here Isaac reopened his father’s wells. To own a well in Palestine is to possess a fortune. When they dug and discovered a well of fresh water, the herdsmen of Gerar strove with them saying, “The water is ours.” So he named that well, ‘Esek’ which means contention.

The laborious task of well digging spiritually signifies the source of blessing that results in contentment. But to Isaac, it did not bring contentment but only contention. Isaac who was meek moved from there and dug another well, but they quarreled for that also and so he named it ‘Sitnah,’ which means hatred. God always tries the meek before He causes them to inherit the blessings. Probably, you have tried to open up sources of blessings for contentment, but have ended up in contention. Again Isaac was meek and moved from there and dug another well for which no one quarreled. He called it ‘Rehoboth’ which means, “The LORD has made room for us.” This month, the LORD says, “You have been toiling and struggling for contentment but ended up facing contention. Do not strive, but meekly do the hardest thing of being patient to make room for Me. I will make room for you.” Let your moderation be known unto all men. The LORD compensated four-fold blessings to Isaac for his meekness. The blessings are: The provision of the LORD, the promise of the LORD, the presence of the LORD and power of the LORD.

  1. PROVISION OF THE LORD: “….. He called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us” (Genesis 26:22). When Isaac proved his meekness by not striving with Abimelech who strove with him, the LORD made room for him. The LORD alone can make room for us. He makes room for every gift and talent that we have. He makes room for our holy desires, pure affections and material needs. This month the LORD says, “If you remain meek, I will make room for the blessings that you were seeking hitherto. You have been waiting for an answer for the last five months of this year. I will answer you and make room for you.” He has made room for us through His atoning death, glorious gospel, loving heart and Church fellowship. In Luke 2:7, there was no room for Jesus in the inn. But the same Jesus says to us, “When I was on the Earth, there was no room for Me, but I go to prepare a place for you in My Father’s mansion.” He will make room for you in your personal life, family life, secular job and ministry. You may feel that all your efforts have gone in vain. It is only God who has to make room for you. Meekness is the only condition that causes you to enter in and possess the fullness in Christ. God will supply all your needs. You shall not lack God’s provision this month.
  1. PROMISE OF THE LORD: “Isaac went up from thence to Beersheba. And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, ‘I am the God of Abraham thy father: Fear not’” (Genesis 26: 23,24). As a result of the meekness of Isaac, God gave Isaac a personal promise. It is true that God blessed Isaac and made him to experience Rehoboth and endowed him with a very great possession of herds and cattle, even to the extent that the Philistines envied him. All this happened when Isaac was in Gerar. But Gerar was not the place that God expected Isaac to be.

God wanted Isaac to come to Beersheba, which speaks of a life of separation and covenant with God. Isaac left Gerar and came to Beersheba. This month, God wants us to come to a place of covenant relationship with Him. If you are outside the place of covenant, come to Beersheba, for He is the   God of covenant. When Isaac came to Beersheba, the very same night the LORD appeared unto him. This tells us that God waited for Isaac to come to a place of covenant. In the place of covenant, the LORD said, “…… I will bless thee” (Genesis 26:24). Note, it is in the future tense. It is true that God blessed Isaac materially at Gerar, but God wanted to grant him spiritual blessings. This month, the LORD shall visit you, to grant you spiritual blessings. Make a solemn decision to separate yourself and come to a place of covenant with the LORD. The LORD will cause those enemies who contend with you, to see His blessings upon you. They will call you blessed of the LORD. Abimelech said to Isaac, “….. Thou art now the blessed of the LORD” (Genesis 26:29). The herdsmen of Gerar could rob away the wells from Isaac, but they could not touch God’s blessings that were upon him. If you are meek, your afflictions will drive you back to the place of blessing that God has prepared for you. God has prepared spiritual blessings for you this month.

3.PRESENCE OF THE LORD: “Fear not, I am with thee”(Genesis 26:24). The presence of the LORD was the third blessing that Isaac experienced because of his meekness. If God is with you, others will be able to see God’s presence with you. That is what Abimelech saw. “We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee”(Genesis 26:28). If you are meek and when you come to a place of covenant with God, the LORD says,“You need not fear for anything, for I am with you. The people who hated and contended with you shall see Me with you.” If the LORD is with you, then He is for you. When the LORD is for you, who can be against you? Let us not strive or argue with the men of this world. They may rob away the wells of earthly comforts, but they can never take away the presence of the LORD from you. Judas Iscariot could take away the money bag that was given to him, but he could not rob away the anointing that was upon Jesus. At times, you may feel that you are compassed about with enemies who speak ill of you, and plan things against you. You need not be afraid of them. The LORD says, “I am with you.” Abiding in His presence, we shall be hid from the strife of tongues. You shall be kept as the apple of His eye. The presence of the LORD is the greatest blessing that we can ever experience.

4.POWER OF THE LORD: “Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? And they said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee” (Genesis 26: 27,28). Isaac who was a meek person experienced the power of the LORD. Even Abimelech, the powerful king of the Philistines, got afraid of Isaac and came in search of Isaac. They saw that the LORD was certainly with Isaac. They feared that Isaac would harm them. The fear of God gripped Abimelech that he said,“That thou (Isaac) wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD”(Genesis 26:29). When believers are found not seeking their own, but the good of others, others will certainly see the LORD’s power exhibited on behalf of them. Now Isaac showed his faith in God by refusing to strive for the wells that he had dug. His faith was that even if his wells were taken away from him, his God would supply all his needs. They came to Isaac seeking God’s blessing. Two things made this powerful Abimelech come in search of an ordinary man, Isaac. Firstly, the LORD was with Isaac and secondly, he saw the blessings of God upon Isaac. Abimelech realized that only the God of Isaac could bless him and that too through Isaac. Like Isaac, only when we come to a place of covenant to lead a separated life, we can be a blessing to others. This month, the LORD says, “My child! If you come to a place of covenant, I will put my fear in the hearts of the people who are against you. They will not be able to contend with you but rather they will make peace with you.”