Seek the Lord

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:3

In this verse, we are told to “seek ye the Lord.”  It then goes on to give us a couple of things that we should be seeking:

First, we should “seek righteousness.”  That one should be obvious and clear.  The Bible often commands us to seek righteousness.  We are told over and over again to do right and to be holy.  We should live our lives seeking righteousness.

Second, we should “seek meekness.”  Meekness is one of those things that I don’t think I fully understand.  I looked it up in the dictionary and here is the definition: “enduring injury with patience and without resentment.”  When I read that, I thought “wow.”  That is totally opposite of most people’s attitudes.  That is totally opposite of how we are taught to think.  That is totally opposite to our sinful human nature.

“Enduring injury with patience…” is tought enough.  It’s hard to endure injury.  When someone hurts us, we want to hurt them right back.  We know it’s wrong, but it’s in our nature.  We don’t like being injured and we don’t like having patience, especially with someone who has injured us.

That is definitely hard enough, but it is the second part of the definition that really gets me: “enduring injury… without resentment.”  That is “a hard saying.”  We might have patience.  We might be able to be patient even with those who hurt us.  But to bear injury with patience and without resentment is very hard indeed!  Not only are we supposed to have patience with those who hurt us, but we are supposed to not get bitter or resentful against them.  That may be hard to do, but since the Lord has told us to do it, we can rest assured that He will help us do it, if we will submit to Him.

I don’t know about you, but I know that meekness is an area in which I can definitely improve!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben. God has given me a lot of practice with this one. I can’t say I always chose to seek meekness, but it has been chosen by Him for me. Hearing this helped me to understand it all better. Thank you so much and God bless you for what He is doing through you here!


  2. Posted by TheNorEaster on October 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Debbie was nice enough to leave a link to this post, and I am glad that she did. It reminds me Manning’s “Ragamuffin Gospel,” in which he says, “When someone is completely humble, it is virtually impossible to insult them.”

    I am discovering that to be true, and so every time I sense the seeds of frustration, impatience, bitterness, and resentment taking root in my heart, I try to remember the kind of humility that ultimately makes such matters insignificant.

    This certainly was a thoughtful, encouraging post. I thank you for that.


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