The ancient Greeks did not consider meekness a virtue. Come to think of it, our present culture does not hold meekness in very high esteem either. Too often meekness is equated with weakness.
Too often when we think of someone being meek, we tend to think of Casper Milquetoast, the timid soul, "the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick".
What does it mean to be meek? The root of the Hebrew word means “to bow down.” It is the ability to rein in our ego, to accept the difficulties that come our way, to control our anger and to make rational and sensible decisions in the times of crises.
The Greek word is the idea of “strength under control.” An example would be that of a powerful horse which responds to the reins, its energy and power is controlled and used effectively.
Interestingly enough, two of the greatest people in the Bible were described as meek. In the Old Testament, Moses was known as the meekest man on the earth.
“Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were of the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3, ESV) This was the man God chose to bring His people out of Egyptian bondage. This was the man God used to write the first five books of the Bible.
In the New Testament, Jesus is described as “meek and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11:29, KJV) If anyone had the right to be high and mighty, it was Jesus. But if Jesus saw the need to be meek, maybe we should too. It was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the meek.”
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.