Strength Under Control

Strength Under Control

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Have you ever felt like one of your strengths was beginning to drag you down?  A hard worker turns into a workaholic.  A compassionate person no longer sets healthy boundaries.  Success turns into greed.  When strength and blessings are unbridled or uncontrolled, they can become stumbling blocks or even destroy us.  A wild horse is a powerful animal but until it’s broken and brought under control, its strength is not useful or effective.

There is a fascinating common thread among some historical people who invented products that changed the world.  The talents, intelligence and perseverance that they were blessed with were the same things that tore them down.  Their success changed them into people that were so driven by their own strength that many were eventually destroyed by the very thing that had once been a blessing.

Vigilance over our strengths

We all want to improve our strength and abilities and become the best that we can be.   But if we’re not vigilant, we have the potential to stumble over own strengths and talents.  How is that possible?  How can something so good and positive become destructive?

  • When we’re strong and powerful, we can be overconfident. We trust in our strength and so we lean on it, as a pillar in a strong building.  We don’t watch over it because we take the strength for granted.
  • Satan, our enemy, targets our strength in order to turn it into a burden or a distraction that renders us ineffective in serving the Lord. He wants our strength to become a weapon that works against us rather than a blessing that glorifies God.

True strength is meek

True strength is strength that can be controlled.  When a horse is broken, it still has the same strength, it’s simply tamed, under control, useful, calm, obedient.  The Greek word translated as meek is “praus” which means gentle, humble, under control.  This is the word that has been used when describing a horse that has been broken and trained to obey.  Meek is not weak.  Meekness is actually strength under control.  When a horse is meek, it obeys its master instantly.

In Christian terms, meek means teachable, longsuffering, and obedient.  A meek person is self-controlled, able to hold back when necessary and not act on every impulse.  A meek person lives in obedience to God.

This is why Jesus was described as meek.  It doesn’t mean Jesus was powerless or weak.  On the contrary, Jesus had already demonstrated His strength through powerful miracles.  He calmed raging seas, fed a crowd of 5,000, healed the sick, and raised a dead man to life.  Jesus is the perfect example of strength under control and in submission to God the Father.  He could have used His power to silence His persecutors, subdue His enemies and even prevent His own crucifixion!  But instead, He chose to be humble (Luke 22:27), silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7), and obedient “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).

How can we become meek when gentleness and humility don’t come naturally to us?  It’s only by the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us that we can live in humility and obedience to Christ.   Jesus set the perfect example for us to follow!


“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”  Matthew 5:5



Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.


  1. So true, Laurie!

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      There’s so much to say about this topic — so many examples of people who have fallen right at the point of their greatest strength. It’s scary to know that we can be so vulnerable! I still have so much to learn….!

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