Power and meekness

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In ancient times warriors required powerful, fearless horses to carry them into battle. Before these great creatures could become useful in battle they had to be trained to respond to the will and leading of their riders. Once trained they were just as frightening and powerful as before, but now these warhorses would follow their rider’s commands without question.

The word meek was used to describe these horses once they were trained for battle. They were submissive to the will and wishes of their warrior riders! Now they were useful in war.

This is not the way we usually think of meekness. But this is often true concerning biblical character qualities. Terms like humility and meekness describe powerful traits. This is because we posses the most power when we follow God’s direction rather than our own. Meekness is something to aspire to, something to model for your children. Your children will need the power of meekness if they are going to survive the treacherous culture which awaits them.

Truly the meek shall inherit the earth!

Meekness is being willing to give up my rights in order to put others first. Meekness waits for God to bring about justice.

Psalm 37:10-11

A little while, and the wicked will be no more;

though you look for them, they will not be found.

 But the meek will inherit the land

and enjoy great peace.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.