The Meekness Dilemma

“Like a powerful stallion tamed by his handler for great feats of purpose, may you and I be tamed by the hand of God’s sufficient grace and remain true to the plans he has for our lives.”

Psalm 37:11
But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Jesus stood to his feet on the hillside that provided one of the natural amphitheatres on the banks of Lake Tiberias. He was surrounded by a great crowd. He began his famous discourse known as the Beatitudes. A few minutes into his sermon he said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” The Greek word for meek in Matthew 5:5 is praus. This word can also be used to describe an animal that has been domesticated; an animal that has learned to accept control, such as the taming of a wild stallion.

A horse is a mighty creature. With one kick it could kill a man. It has the power to run fast, draw a mighty load or lead an army into battle. Yet, when a stallion is tamed and trained it becomes gentle and submissive. Thus, the meaning of meekness.

Saul had a great future. He was a Pharisee, a student of the great rabbi, Gamaliel. He was a Hebrew of Hebrews. As to the law, a Pharisee, as to zeal, a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness, blameless. When he converted to Christianity, he became the great apostle, Paul. Paul describes how he was once caught up to the third heaven – into paradise – and heard things that cannot be told. He became a great leader, a church planter and a scribe of scripture. Yet Paul said, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” He explains how Jesus told him that God’s grace was sufficient for him and he said, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul was a mighty stallion tamed by the meekness of submission to Christ.

The concept of meekness is something that Christians have always battled to decipher. But meekness is nothing more than humble dependence on the grace of God. Grace is God’s doing. Grace empowers you to do God’s bidding. God’s grace is sufficient to turn your weakness into meekness, for his glory. Like a powerful stallion tamed by his handler for great feats of purpose, may you and I be tamed by the hand of God’s sufficient grace and remain true to the plans he has for our lives. And meekness has great reward: “The meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.”

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Matthew 5:5
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“O Lord, I have always battled to be meek. I realise now that meekness is not weakness. A mighty stallion is not a weak animal but, when he is tamed, he becomes submissive and meek. Help me to let go of my wild side. I step back from my pride. I turn away from arrogance. Help me to submit to your mighty hand to control and guide my life that I may be humbly useful and productive for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”

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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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