It’s not often in today’s world that you hear someone talk about a desire to be “meek”. More often we hear how we are to be bold, strong, and willing to battle just about anything to get what we want. It seems that the world tells us that the purpose in life is to conquer anything before us to move up and be better.
Just recently, I had a conversation with a woman who was troubled by not receiving recognition for something she had done. She had worked hard, she had spent hours dedicated to the task, and she had focused solely on making sure it was done well. When it was over, she didn’t receive the praises that she expected. She was angry and disappointed that her expectations were not met and she ended up expressing her anger and frustrations toward people in a way that was damaging and hurtful. The outcome? A mess!
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
It is natural tendency for us to be impulsive, temperamental, and even angry. In our flesh, we desire to push aside others and to focus on ourselves. But in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he specifically spoke these words…”blessed are the meek”. Meek? Does that mean we are to be weak? Passive? Frail?
Meek = Gentle, Kind, Humble. How are we to be these things? We have the ability each day to recognize our need for God and then allow Him to make us gentle, kind, and humble. God gives us the ability to battle the wars around us in a way that we cannot. We have the ability to be boldly gentle, to be strongly kind, and battle any war in a humble way through Christ.
So, what war are you fighting today? How will you respond? I challenge you to be meek in a world that says to be anything else. God calls us to be a woman who is gentle, kind, and humble while remaining strong, bold, and a fighter. In a world that only knows a fierce war, let’s battle like the woman God called us to be.
About Shelley Pulliam
Howdy! (A girl from Oklahoma has to use this as her greeting) I’m Shelley Pulliam, executive director of Arise Ministries and former teacher of hormone-filled 8th graders. But my real claim to fame rests in my award as second grade spelling bee champ and my recent gun-handling skills as I train to competition shoot. It helps me be on guard when Satan comes knocking. I’m a voracious reader and can frequently be found at the theater enjoying movie marathons where my record stands at six in one day. I’m a single, never married, who loves to pour into children at every opportunity. Let me know if you have any for sale. You can connect with me on social media. https://www.instagram.com/shelleypulliam/