February 18th, 2020 – Matthew 5:5

Are You the Horse Whisperer?

You really can’t beat the third so-called Beatitude.  A beatitude is simply a pronouncement of blessedness, and Matthew 5:5 promises a truly colossal blessing: the earth!  

Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

So, if you can only master meekness, the world will be your oyster.  Great!  But what does MEEK mean?  Well, to begin with, as my old mentor Kenny Boles would say,

“Meek is not weak, in the Greek.”

In the original language, the word translated MEEK was used in a variety of contexts, but the one that sticks out to me as the perfect illustration is that of a wild horse that has been “broke” and now is useful as a working animal.  Horses are big and strong, 1,100 pounds of muscle and meanness wrapped in leather. A horse that is untrained and out of control can hurt  people.  Hurt them badly.  Their strength is in no doubt, there’s plenty of horsepower to spare!

I certainly have high admiration for the “horse whisperer” type, the equestrian genius who can harness that strength of that massive brute animal and direct it toward providing incredibly useful service.  A horse out of control can inflict damage on ten men, while a horse under control can do the work of ten men.  That awesome strength must be brought under control.  That is what the word MEEK means.

Meekness = Strength Under Control

As Kipling would say,

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it!

You have the power – and God will gladly supply you with all the power you’re willing to use – to bring your strength under control.  Part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22-23 is self control.


  • A person is useful to God and to others in proportion to their MEEKNESS, their strength under God’s control.
  • A person who is strong but with no MEEKNESS will leave a trail of bodies and debris in their wake.
  • If you ain’t broke, ask God to break you, so that you don’t go around breaking all you touch.