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.


Bringing every thought into captivity to Christ? How?

I woke up at 2:00 am, my mind thrashing away about things I was falling behind on, the new pains I was getting, the horrible way people dealt with each other in the movie I watched last night, and on and on it went. My mind was all over the place, like a herd of startled wildebeest.

It worried me, because if I don’t have the power to bring just those thoughts “into captivity,” how can I bring EVERY thought “into captivity to Christ,” as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:5?

Well, I’ve clearly learnt that I can’t. Once my mind gets started on something it’s impossible to get it to stop. I’m just like Eve who couldn’t stop thinking about the forbidden fruit, and the Israelites who couldn’t get their minds off wanting what other nations had.

But why would God give us a mind like that? Why give us the remarkable ability to think, but not the ability to control everything we think, as well? Why give us powerful drives and appetites but not a powerful braking system that automatically kicks in every time our thoughts race out of control or drift off course? It’s like giving a teenager the keys to a Ferrari and expecting him to drive at the speed limit. Of course he can’t. So why would God expect us to keep our minds at his speed limits too, when he gave us minds that can’t?

Because, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9, our helplessness allows Christ’s power to be made perfect in us. What we lack in our brains is the power of Christ, and what better way is there of helping us admit it and want it, than hurtling through life in a Ferrari approaching a right angle bend and finding the brakes don’t work? That’s me at 2:00 am; I’m a Ferrari with weak brakes, a mind full of racing thoughts I cannot control, and it’s scary, because where might my thoughts take me if I can’t stop them?

We know the answer to that, because look at the state of our world today, with its endless and unsolvable conflicts in families, nations, between neighbours, and even among religious people too, and all because we cannot stop the thoughts in our heads that stir these conflicts in the first place. Clearly, then, we need a power in our brains that we don’t have, and that’s what Paul came to realize, but it turned into something wonderful, because any time his own brain failed him, he could turn to Christ for the power to bring his thoughts into captivity, and Christ’s power was right there for him.