Why did God make us so weak?

Without sleep, food and exercise we fall apart in no time. We’re vulnerable to injury, accidents and natural calamities. We weaken with age and fall victim to all kinds of horrible diseases. We’re born helpless, and we have little control over what our parents, teachers and religion do to us after that. And then there’s the god of this world who blinds and deceives us with ease.

And to think, God did all this to us on purpose, Romans 8:20, “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it.” Result? Verse 22, “the whole creation has been groaning” ever since, due to the horrible mess we’ve made of it and the grim realization that there’s nothing we can do to solve the mess, either. Rescue is coming, yes, verse 21, but not before we live in “bondage to decay” first. But why?

Because God made absolutely sure that our “adoption as sons” and the “redemption of our bodies” are entirely HIS doing, not ours, verses 11, 13-15. We are but helpless “jars of clay,” 2 Corinthians 4:7, incapable of doing anything toward our eternal future, “to show that this all-surpassing power is FROM GOD and not from us.”

We like to boast in our OWN power, though. We’ve created an entire world based on showing off what we ourselves can accomplish by our own brainpower and cleverness. But when it comes to salvation (eternal life and righteousness) we have nothing to boast about (1 Corinthians 1:29) because it’s God who provides the Saviour, and God who provides the Spirit. The power is his, the promises are his, the good works we do are his (Ephesians 2:10), and even the love we have for God comes from him (Galatians 4:6). It starts with him and ends with him, and he purposely chooses weak members of the human race to prove it (1 Corinthians 1:26-28).

And there’s one group of people who understand this – “the Gentiles,” Romans 9:30 – because they “did not pursue righteousness (by their own works),” verse 32, but by “a righteousness that is by faith.” In other words, Gentiles trust GOD to do the saving. And so did Jesus Christ when he was a human being (Hebrews 5:7). He actually MADE  himself as weak as us. Why? So it would be GOD who exalted him, not himself (Philippians 2:6-9).

And now Jesus is in the position to do the same for us (Hebrews 5:8-10). We’re as weak as babies – but we’re his babies, and he gets his babies through by his power. Why did God make us so weak, then? To prove it’s purely “because of HIM” that we have “wisdom, righteousness, holiness and redemption,” 1 Corinthians 1:30.


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