I wrote before about how God’s ways are contrary to how we do things. One of those ways is in respect of power. We admire super heroes and people who win victories over nature and competitors. And to be a loser is to be despised as cowardly.
We should be thankful that God works through weakness and what the world considers as foolish. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 1:25 (KJV) why. “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
Two verses ahead, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:27 (KJV), “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
God likes to use seemingly foolish things to bring himself glory. As 1 Corinthians 1:21 (KJV) says, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
Even religious people, such as the Pharisees, fell into the trap of judging by strength rather than weakness. This was especially apparent when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and children started shouting”hosanna.” Matthew 21:16 (KJV)shows what Jesus thought of their judgmental attitude. “And said unto him, ‘Hearest thou what these say?’ And Jesus saith unto them, ‘Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?'”
The biggest apparent weakness was Christ’s crucifixion. I read a story once about a pagan man who read the gospel of Mark. He felt disgusted when Jesus was crucified because his tribe valued strength. He couldn’t understand how Christ’s father couldn’t even defend him. The Holy Spirit coaxed the man to read the rest of the account and he realized that Christ died to pay for his sins.
Jesus could have easily obliterated the soldiers who came to arrest him. Matthew 26:53 (KJV) quotes him as saying to the guards, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”
Look at the power just one angel had. Scripture says in 2 Kings 19:35 (KJV), “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.”
People who are yielded to the Lord, though week, were empowered to do great things. Hebrews 11:34 (KJV) says that they, “Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”
Many folks assume meekness means weakness. The truth is that it is power under control. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 5:39 (KJV) not to retaliate, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Being slapped was considered a huge insult in the first century as well as in some circles today.
I’ll be writing more about how God’s ways run contrary to ours in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? It takes much more strength to turn the other cheek than to hit back. Only our Lord can give us that self control.
On Saturday, I’ll feature a song which sums up my feelings about Alexander Graham Bell’s invention. It used to be helpful but now it’s a way for scammers to find suckers.