August 4, Saturday

The AMI QT devotionals for July 30-August 5 are provided by Christine Li. Christine graduated from University of Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City. She attends Remnant Church in Manhattan.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Meek is Not Weak”

Jeremiah 26:14-15

“As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. 15 Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”

In the last two years, I’ve experienced an above-average number of flight delays and cancellations for reasons ranging from airport fires and snowstorms to broken lavatory doors. By this point, I am accustomed, even expectant, of delays. Some might think I’ve become passive, but I personally hope God is purposely growing patience and meekness inside me. Everything is out of my hands: I can neither change the weather nor fix an airplane. My fate is dictated by an air traffic controller (and however God directs the weather or maintenance crew).

Here, Jeremiah faces a choice of submission and meekness of another kind (one far, far graver than my travel woes). He has faithfully delivered an unpopular message to God’s people, and the prophets and priests are clamoring for his death. Instead of defending himself or running away, he allows the crowd to decide what should take place.

Most of us chafe when we lose control over circumstances. We dread delays, inconveniences, and even the sense of helplessness that our best plans can be overridden. What was Jeremiah’s secret to allowing others to decide his fate? It must not have been easy, but he had learned to trust in God’s plan for his life. Though his life was in the hands of others, he knew that those “others” were ultimately in the hands of God. Because Jeremiah trusted God to work in the wisest and best of ways, he could let go.

Let’s think today about our level of meekness. How do we respond when it seems like someone else’s actions and decisions will determine something significant in our lives? Even in the face of danger or loss, are we submissive like Jeremiah, or do we mobilize ourselves to do as much as possible to ensure the favorable outcome we hope for? Are we able to let go, or do our fingers wrestle for control over the steering wheel of our circumstances?

Meekness seems to be the antithesis of how we are taught to live and survive in this world—it would be a miraculous gift of character. So, let’s be encouraged—there is One whose meekness can be given to us. Jesus did not resist injustice, but He let Himself be led to slaughter by others; He trusted the loving, perfect plan of the Father as it was carried out. By the power of His Spirit that now dwells in us, we can gladly relinquish control over our own lives and allow His plans to unfold. Today, let’s put our lives and our trust in the hands of the Father who loves us best.

Prayer: Father, I confess that I often want to be in control of how my life goes, and meekness does not come naturally to me. Help me to relinquish my control and trust You fully. When circumstances are out of my grasp, teach me to depend on You and wait upon You to provide and deliver me. Give me a meekness that showcases how faithful and loving You are. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Nehemiah 4-5

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