Here is Daniel’s devotional:
There is an old saying that meekness is not weakness but power under control.
Even the highest end luxury foreign sports cars only have approximately 700 horsepower, yes only 700 because weighing in on the horsepower scale at a massive 7000 horsepower is the mighty yet meek locomotive train engine. The train engine may not be as sleek, sporty and shiny as the sports car but that train engine moves down those tracks towing behind itself thousands of tons of cargo, with its consistent and steady power, it gets the job done! Meekness is often understood to be an unwanted trait, the meek are the doormat, the pushover, the wimp. However, within the context of a biblical vantage point, the meek are the strong ones that endure and will win in the end.
Jesus Christ was considered a meek man, He was fully man and yet fully God. He was totally human and totally divine all at the same time. His omnipotence was confined within the limits of His earthly body. If anyone understood meekness, strength and power under control, Jesus surely did.
As we discussed earlier, the world often betrays men as either weak and passive or the other way men are often portrayed is by overcompensating their manliness by how loud they can yell and how hard they can stomp their feet and beat their chest. This portrayal of a man says that you have to shave your head get a bunch of tattoos and learn how to fight in the UFC in order to be a man. It’s basically saying that the tougher and meaner you are and the harder you hit the more of a man that you are.
However, walking in meekness with power and authority has nothing to do with how hard you can throw an uppercut. It has everything to do with how low you can humble yourself and be a servant leader. A man that can control his temper and tongue, as well as his flesh and appetite for worldly pleasures, is truly a meek man. Meekness is staying kind, humble and being sacrificial by putting others before yourself.
Meekness is not about how loud you can roar but how long you can roar. It’s about consistently showing up and being the man God has called you to be in every situation.
Have you shown arrogance or struggled with anger in your life?
What is one wild area in you that you need God’s help to bring under control?
How can you demonstrate meekness to someone in the near future?
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:12 KJV
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:29 KJV
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 KJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
I will take meekness as strength any day of the week. The world sees me how they want to see me…weak and a pushover at times. I have an inner strength that the world over looks…servanthood from a man.
I guess Galatians 5:22 & 23 should be added to my list of life verses. These attributes/traits are vital to any man who yearns to fully love someone. They are also vital to our role as a follower of Christ.
When a female friend of mine says to me that all men are the same I give her that that say…ummm NO. They respond by saying you’re not most men. Exactly! Not ALL men are the same!
But, without those attributes/traits women may as well lump us in there with the rest of the “pigs”
Do a quick inventory on yourself guys. See if you exhibit the attributes/traits of Galatians 5:22.