Thought of the Day July 24, 2019 Jesus, meek and humble

By 10:05 AM

An illustration of meekness as power under God’s control would be the Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The roar of 6 million cubic feet of water each minute makes it the most powerful waterfall in North America. Few people, however, know that more than 50 percent of the river’s water is diverted before it reaches those falls via four huge tunnels. This water passes through hydroelectric turbines that supply power to nearby areas in the US and Canada before returning to the river well past the Falls.

The model for us, of course, is Jesus himself who said:  “I am meek and humble of heart.” (Mt 11:29) At the same time, Jesus knew when to thunder with words of justice and stand for himself and his Father against those who questioned him or tried to trip him up. He was not timid or weak at all, but meek and firm in the truth.

The prophet Isaiah prophesied about his meekness and gentleness when he said: “The bruised reed he will not break, and the smoldering wick he will not extinguish. (Isaiah 42:3) In a later chapter Isaiah said, referring to the Lord’s Suffering Servant: “I have given my body to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked them. I have not averted my face from those who rebuked me and who spit on me. The Lord God is my helper. Therefore, I have not been confounded. Therefore, I have set my face like a very hard rock, and I know that I will not be confounded.” (Isaiah 50:6-7)

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