The weakness of god is offensive

I began an Advent meditation last week on the weakness of god and continue it today.

Meditating on the weakness of God can change you. But before it changes you it often offends you.  Like I said before, we rather talk about strength than weakness.

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Weakness is offensive. Even the fact that I wrote the title to this series in all lower case letters offends people. It offends me too. I don’t like to see the word “God” in lower case. I don’t like weakness attributed to God in any way, even a lower case letter. But I did that to make a point about how much we dislike the association of God and weakness.

Weakness is offensive

Weakness is embarrassing. It’s offensive. I mentioned last week how the sale of testosterone supplements is skyrocketing. Why? Men hate to feel the weakness that creeps in when they age.

But it’s not just aging men who have this problem. We all hate weakness. We all have things that embarrass us about our lives. We are ashamed of our body, our looks, our emotions. We’re ashamed of our health, our relational failures, and our finances. We are ashamed of the car we drive, the house we live in. I mean, the last thing we want is someone to drop by our house.

We’re ashamed of our age. We’re ashamed of our career, or lack of one. We’re ashamed that we aren’t more spiritual. We are ashamed of our sin and what tempts us.

The weakness of god is offensive

Do you see what I’m saying here? Weakness offends us in our own lives and it offends us in the life of God. If we could eliminate weakness from our lives we’d do it in a heartbeat. So as we take this month to look at the weakness of God, expect to be offended. We don’t like to think about it. But you won’t be able to escape it if you keep reading my posts.

Even though we shrink from the thought of the weakness of God, God is not afraid to reveal himself in weakness. Listen to how the Bible describes God’s messiah…and the reaction of people to him:

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:2,3

People were offended at the messiah. He wasn’t what they wanted him to be.  But when the weakness of God offends you it causes you to miss the presence of God. That’s why only a few people gathered in the stable at the birth of Jesus. And that’s why only a few gathered at the foot of his cross at his death.

If you can move past the offense of the weakness of God you will find a treasure of insight. I hope you’ll join me as I continue these meditations throughout this Advent season.

Question: What weakness, either in yourself or in God, offends you? Leave your comment below. Thanks in advance for sharing.

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3 thoughts on “The weakness of god is offensive

  1. Becky R.

    Being a single mom and the lack of being able to keep up with household chores offends me. Even though I work full time and the kids don’t help, I feel like I should be able to do it all and if someone knocks on the door, not only do I cringe…I panic… 🙁

  2. Nia

    The fact that I cannot be there for a close friend who is going through the fight of his life offends me. I can be there for him to a large extent (as a caring friend), just not in the way that he wants (romantically). Seeing what he is going through with this incurable, debilitating illness that is taking away his independence and not being able to help him get better in any way, or make life easier for him offends and hurts me.

    In terms of God, that he does not really grant miracles or watch over people in the way that we are taught that he does offends me. All my life I was told that if you pray hard enough he will answer your prayers, and that God watches over people and keeps them out of harm’s way. But this is not really true. If you fall sick he is not really going to cure you, and if you are in danger he is not going to intervene to stop it, he will just let it happen. This offends, hurts and scares me.

    1. F. Remy Diederich

      I really appreciate your honesty. This message on weakness, both on line and at my church, is causing people to be painfully honest about what hurts and what offends us about God. It’s not something we often feel permission to confess. We are often to quick to offer a reason or solution or justify why a weakness exists. We tend to explain it away. But it’s okay just to name it. I don’t think God is offend by our being offended. I think he appreciates our honesty. Thanks for sharing. One word of encouragement…though God may not always change your circumstances, he is with you in your circumstances. I hope you find comfort in that. Remy

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