October 31, 2013

Strength under Control

Picture a wild stallion that is just ripped with muscles, and strong and fast. Then picture the same stallion that has been broken and is now under the control of the rider, to be used for a good purpose. That is what meekness is all about. Meekness is not weakness. A weak person has no strength, nor is it in his nature to stand up for what is true and right or deal with problems head on.  Meekness, however, is strength under control. This illustration of meekness helps us to understand the third Beatitude in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

Meekness is a value that will lift you up to real success in life because it gives you the umbrella of God’s favor and blessing. When you have meekness, you let go of rebellion. You get rid of your authority issues and replace it with unselfish service to others. When you have strength under control, you can place yourself under authority. If you have authority issues, you can’t succeed in life for very long. It will eventually end in pain and failure, but because God loves you, He will also use your failures to draw you to Him. Are you letting God use your strength for His glory?