Meek Not Weak!
I used to really dislike the word meek. Like many others, I considered the word synonymous with weak. While reading the Sermon on the Mount I would kind of brush the “blessed are the meek” verse aside feeling like it might never apply to me, a “get it done” gal with a big personality who needs to practice talking less and listening more.
Isn’t it great when God steps in and helps us better understand His word? My perspective has completely changed and inspired the creation of our newest tank!
The word meek from the original language was used to describe reining in a stallion. It is the idea of a horse being controlled by a bit and bridle. The horse is choosing to submit to authority. That is meekness. It is power under constraint. POWER UNDER CONTROL.
As women living in an increasingly self-serving society, it’s imperative that we understand the source of true power. We must not seek power that comes from within or from others, but the power of the Holy Spirit that is poured out with wisdom.
Let’s look at what James has to say about the “meekness of wisdom” in Chapter 3 ~
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace
Wisdom from above is a product of meekness. This power under control leads us to gentleness, reasonable conversation, mercy, good fruit, and peace. That, my friends, sounds NOTHING like weakness to me. The world sure could use some more of this wisdom!
Worldly wisdom is self-serving and requires no sacrifice, surrender, or humility. What a contrast!
Meekness isn’t weakness, but instead produces spiritual fruit!
Godly wisdom might not help us gain worldly power, recognition, or popularity, but instead eternal power as we are transformed and molded in righteousness! May we relish in the power of meekness as we seek his kingdom and may God grant us the discernment to know the difference.
Lord, help us to understand that ONLY you are wise. Help us to expunge jealousy and selfish ambition and to cling to truth. May our wisdom and power come only from you! May we seek peace with gentleness, reasonableness, and mercy that produces fruit for your kingdom!
Emily Saunders - Keeper