Devotional

Meekness, Not Madness

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

When God beheld the earth He had made filled with violence He was rightly vexed and angered. Anger is often the catalyst to necessary action. But anger must always be tempered with wisdom. Our quickness to act on our anger rarely helps a situation. So we are told:

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19,20)

In order to be a vessel in God’s hand who speaks on His behalf we cannot move in raw anger. Our anger must be channeled into words and actions that are effectual. Such can only happen through a “spirit of meekness.” A meek spirit is one controlled by God. Emotions are not permitted to rush us forward into action. Meekness keeps in check all that would get ahead of God. It waits for the leadership of the Holy Spirit. It seeks wisdom from above.

What we see and hear at times can vex us grievously. If we are not careful, it can drive us mad. “Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad …” (Eccles. 7:7) But madmen seldom make their world a better place.

“Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” (Zephaniah 2:3)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.