Meekness: Strength Under Control

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth... seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger. (Zephaniah 2:3 KJV)

Meekness is not weakness, it’s strength under control. One fallacious Christian stereotype is that of a push over, a loser, weak. If anyone of us has contributed to this stereotype, let us repent. While some may live that way, it is the antithesis of our namesake, Jesus Christ. Anyone can call themselves a Christian, but the authenticity of the name is shown in the fruit.

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Jesus is by no means weak, never was and never will be. On final ascent up to Jerusalem, His deliberate march toward Calvary displayed the ultimate MEEKNESS. For He had the power to call down twelve legions of angels at any time to his defense. Yet instead of annihilating His enemies, He prayed: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34 Any man-made religion or humanistic philosophy will offer some version of the golden rule, but our Lord Jesus Christ stands apart from them all when He teaches us tolove your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.Matthew 5:44 Oh, the riches of His wisdom, far past searching out.

Again, let us define meekness as strength under control. Contrast the destructive, uncontrolled power of a hurricane with the latent potential energy in a nuclear warhead. Power under submission. All the warheads ever made are as nothing compared to a single word from Him who spoke worlds into existence. All that power, the word made flesh, submitted unto suffering rejection and death on the cross. Is there anything more beautiful than this meekness of our Lord Jesus, this power in submission to the will of the Father?

The meekness of Moses is a foreshadowing of Christ’s own. Raised in the palace of Pharaoh, treated as one of the family, educated at the very highest level, Moses would have experienced the greatest luxury and indulgence of his age. (Never mind the fact that Pharaoh would blush at the luxury with which even middle class Westerners are accustomed).

Just as Moses’ renounced the glory of a kingdom for the sake of his people, so too did Jesus give up all His heavenly splendor, becoming the Son of man. Moses then spent 40 years in apparent futility on the backside of nowhere. From the Kingdom to tending the flock. Here he learned humility, patience, self-control, discipline. This is where Moses grew in meekness, until he becamevery meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3 KJV The first thirty years of Jesus life must have been similar. Mundane life in first century Nazareth, listening to others speak in the synagogue each Shabbat. Jesus submitted to his mom and step dad and, in so doing, he increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:52 Perhaps we could liken it to Einstein sitting through a high school physics class, though that would be an understatement.

How often we pray for strength, for power, for wisdom. Such things are easy for God. Supernatural strength and revelation can be granted instantaneously. But a loving father doesn’t give a loaded gun to a child. Only once meekness is developed and trust is established can such power be given. There are some gifts which can only be developed over time. One cannot become instantly patient! I felt the Lord show me that in order to walk in a greater level of power, strength & wisdom, I must focus on humility, patience, gentleness and.. for me the most elusive.. self-control. If you want more horsepower, first tune up the brakes!

Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)