Gerard Salonga, in a critique on how an artist interpreted the song “What’s Going On?” at the Voice of the Philippines last weekend, said “You don’t unwrap a piece of candy with a sledgehammer.” Her sister, Lea explained the analogy further by saying that you can’t apply so much force on something delicate. In other words, in her eagerness to win, the artist simply overpowered the song.
This statement is a beautiful metaphor of the value of restraint. Eagerness, zeal, passion, power and authority–all these can be misused to trample on others in an effort to get what we want. Human history is replete with such abuses; I am sure you can think of examples from your personal experience as well.
Our Lord Jesus encourages us to learn meekness and to continue in it. Meekness is not weakness. Instead, we are told, that meekness is “power under control.” Jesus demonstrated this as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He could have used a “cosmic sledgehammer” to force every heart to yield to his lordship. However, he kept all his divine power under control by choosing to die on the cross for our sins. As a result, not only was Jesus able to accomplish the will of the Father, but God also “exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:9).
To strengthen our resolve to live lives of meekness, Jesus gives us this promise. Learn it. Receive it. Apply it.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5 KJV)