Meekness could be misunderstood by many to mean
“weak”, “pushover”, “mild-mannered”, etc.
Although it is true that we need to be gentle and submissive, meekness is not necessarily synonymous
with gentleness and submissiveness.
Meekness has to do with to whom or to what you give your
power or control. To be meek is to be so incredibly strong that
you are in control of how your strength is used. Your strength doesn’t control you -- you control it. Read Exodus 2:11-15.
After reading this passage, do you think Moses was a pushover? Do you think Moses was a strong man? Was he afraid of people?
He was even able to escape Pharaoh!
Now read Numbers
12:3-8. What do you think
made Moses different from any other man?
What made him so humble?
Answering the following questions with the input of a brother or sister
would greatly benefit you. List some
qualities that you feel good and strong about in yourself. How are you using these strengths? Are you using these strengths for your glory
or God’s? Similarly, if you seem to be
“out of control” with certain things or in certain situations, what could you
do to be more “in control”? What can
you learn from Moses’ attitude?
Horses are beautiful, strong and passionate
animals. However, they are of little
use to humans unless they are tamed. When a horse is tamed, we say it is broken.
In this “broken” condition it does not lose its beauty, power or
spirit. The horse’s strength becomes
focused and useful for its master as opposed to running “wild” under the
control of the horse. The word for meek was used by the Greeks to describe
horses that had been broken. Read Psalm 51:17. What is it that our Master desires from
us? Look up the word “contrite” in the
dictionary. How does this word compare
to “broken-hearted” or “meek”? Read Isaiah 57:15-21. In this passage, God describes the attitude
of those who receive His mercy. In Isaiah 66:2-4
God describes what is in store for those who will not relinquish their control
to Him. How are you allowing God to
tame you? Who is in control in your
life? Have you relinquished control and
given it to God, or are you still trying to guide yourself? According to the Scriptures you have read
today, what should you do with your strengths, desires and passions?
Greed and covetousness are
direct opposites of meekness. Read Ecclesiastes 2:26. What does God give to the man who pleases Him? What task is given to the man who does not
please God? Who eventually gets the
wealth and material things that were collected? What is your primary task as a Christian: to collect wealth or to please God? Won’t you receive every blessing there is to
receive in the end, anyway? Will you
receive what you want, or will you
receive what you need? Have you ever considered that sometimes God
may give you something that someone else might need (1 Timothy 6:17-19; 2 Corinthians
9:5-15)? The focus then, is
to use whatever God has blessed us with for His glory and for the furtherance
of the gospel. It is obvious that we
are not here as collectors of wealth or property, as Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-24. Read this passage and answer the following
questions. From verse 19, what must we stop doing? What must we begin to
do when we hear Jesus teaching us these words?
Property and wealth are not evil in and of themselves, it’s how you use them and why you have them! It’s a question of where your heart is in this matter (verse 21)! It’s also a
question of how you see things (verse 22 and 23). Whom do you serve? Where is your heart?
Worrying is a result of having the wrong focus: i.e. greed, covetousness,
etc. Peace and joy are the result of
submitting everything to God and forsaking everything else. This is meekness. The meek know by faith that everything is
theirs already (1
is all about learning self-control. Today, use the concordance in your Bible to
find every passage that includes the words self-control or self-discipline (or any variations thereof). Read through these passages with a brother
or sister and discuss this week’s theme in light of these Scriptures. Open yourself up to the Lord’s words!