Bold as Lions, Meek As Lambs.
Is it possible for a person to be both bold and meek? I think so. On the one hand a person should be as bold as lions when dealing with their enemies, but as meek as lambs when dealings with the needs of the hurting among us. The two words don’t seem to be compatible with each other but they are actually complementary. As a result, Christians are a unique breed of people in that they possess both qualities, but are usually seen as one or the other but not both. The Christian who is born-again or one who God lives in – is made in the image and likeness of our Father God of whom everything in creation is subject to.
When the Christian understands that every created thing in God’s creation is subject to them the same as it was to Christ of whom we are in, they have nothing to fear and can submit themselves to others. The Apostle Paul said it this way in Romans 8:35-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or war? As it is written, for thy sake (the sake of the Lost) we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors (overcomers) through him that loves us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come; nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, (created thing) shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The statement, “More than conquerors” in verse 37 tells us that nothing in creation equals the born-again Christian in power and will bow before the name of the Lord to whom we belong. Paul is saying that those who are in Christ Jesus, or those who are born-again, have power over all the things he listed in these scriptures. Also the bible teaches that the Christian has been given a spirit of power, and of love, and a sound mind. [2 Timothy 1:7] These are Godly spiritual forces that are greater than any other forces in creation. They are Godly attributes that accompany the infilling of the Holy Spirit, who is God. And verse 31 of this same chapter in Romans tells us, “If God is for us, (the Christian) who can be against us?” This is a powerful statement by the Apostle Paul to help us understand that we are filled with power and boldness to face the greatest of trials and be victorious over them.
All spiritual forces bow to the name of Jesus in heaven and on earth. And Satan uses the spiritual forces that are evil to control natural events on earth (Job chapter 1) and calls them ‘acts of God’. They are not ‘acts of God’ they are the work of the devil. It is Satan who comes to steal, kill, and to destroy… not God. However the spirit within the born-again person controls even those elements as Jesus and Peter demonstrated when Peter walked on the water and Jesus calmed the stormy sea, (New Testament Gospels) and as seen in the following Old Testament stories. The boldness of the three Hebrew children in the Book of Daniel was greater than the force of fire upon their bodies. (Book of Daniel) The boldness of Daniel was greater than the lions in the lion den into which he was cast. (Book of Daniel) The boldness of Samson was greater than the 1000 Philistine soldiers he killed with the jawbone of an ass. God honors (Book of Judges) boldness in His children and He will stand between them and the forces of evil confronting them. Elisha was surrounded by the Syrian army in Dothan who desired to take him captive, but he was unafraid even though he was alone with his servant because he knew the mountains around them was filled with angels in chariots of fire. He didn’t have to go outside to see if his angels were there, he knew they were because he knew the Lord God personally. And he had this to say to his servant about the Syrian army, “Fear not, they are more with us, than they are with them.” (Book of 2 Kings) Yes, God honors boldness, and rewards His bold ones. Also, let us not forget Stephen the Martyr who waited tables and served his fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, but was killed because he preached the message of salvation to the unbelieving Jews in the presence of Saul the Pharisee, who would later become the Apostle Paul, and who had consented unto Stephen’s death by holding the clothes of his killers. (Book of Acts) Without the meekness and humility of Stephen who understood it was God’s will for him to boldly die at this time, it is doubtful that Saul would have been saved and later become perhaps the greatest of the Apostles during the first century church.
To be a child of God one must be as bold as they are meek if they are to be the servant of all. Jesus told His disciples, “He that will be the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all.” One does not become great without boldness, but he becomes greater still when he is also meek and understands that along with honor comes service to his fellow-man. Jesus illustrated for us the servant’s heart and meekness through the works He did in behalf of mankind. He told His disciples, “I did not come to be served, but to serve.” The highest honor one man can bestow upon another is to say of that person, “They served their fellow-man to the fullest extent of their abilities.” Mother Teresa was such a person and she was highly honored by her church for her service among the people of India of whom she spent most of her life. She saw a great need and asked God to help her meet that need. He did and she did. Christianity in its purest form is practiced by people bold enough to die for their beliefs, yet meek enough to help those in need. Have a Blessed Day in the Lord. DThrash