The mystery of weakness

There are many mysteries about the Creator as revealed in the scriptures. One of those that never cease to amaze me is God’s eternal attraction to weakness. Check it out and reflect on it. There is no one who has been great in God’s hands since the dawn of time who was not weak in his or her own estimation, King, Priest, Warrior, Statesman, Apostle, Scientist, Artist, Entrepreneur, Mother, Father, Servant. The Creator from the dawn of time till now seems to be seeking human beings who are empty, who recognize in truth that they can of themselves do nothing, to pour Himself through. It seems to me that God’s criteria is absolute dependence and it is counterintuitive because it suggests a loss of individuality. It flies directly in the face of the tenets of humanism and is frowned upon by people who want to be self made.

Abraham was so dependent on God that when God asked him to sacrifice his only son, his reason took a backseat – God had to be right. He did not debate the instruction. Abraham has a significant place on earth today and a place in heaven, which Jesus Christ referred to – Abraham’s bosom. By the way, he was not a priest, he was a businessman. Abraham, according to Soren Kierkegaard, was “great through the strength whose power is weakness, great through the wisdom whose secret is folly, great through the hope whose expression is madness, great through the love which is hatred of oneself.” He was great through everything that this generation is not – weakness, humility, unreserved obedience. We are probably the “strongest” and proudest generation in the history of humanity. God has a hard time even making it into conversations of any level of importance and we expect to come up with solutions to our woes. How? We are fools precisely because we claim to be wise in our ownselves, when the scriptures say “let him be a fool, that he may be wise!”

The Creator blessed Solomon with wisdom and riches beyond measure precisely because He recognized that He was weak and therefore he sincerely connected with Source, for help. David, his father, is a mystery to me. He is referred to, in scriptures as a man after God’s heart. He committed premeditated sins that even his predecessor did not, yet Jesus Christ claimed him – “I have the key of David.” Why? Check his Psalms. They emanate from one whose whole being cried after God “as the hart pants after the water brooks” but all we know is to sing the song. He was a King, but he had an insatiable desire for God, which only happens when you are weak. “The Lord is my light”, “The Lord is my salvation”, “The Lord is my rock”, “The Lord is my deliverer”, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” If you are the one who wrote Psalm 18 to God, He will probably do to you what He did for David and that is just one of many Psalms that would make God full of joy and pour Himself upon a man, making him an “eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.” It flows from weakness. Read the 23rd Psalm not as a set of religious words but go behind the words to the spirit and you will see a man who considered himself sheep before the Shepherd and let the full implications hit you.

We have heard it preached over and over Jesus’ statement “whoever wants to be great among you, let him be your servant” and a whole relatively “new” management theory called “servant leadership” has even emerged from it but we do the opposite, every time. In church and in the work place. Jesus Christ came on the scene, God of very God, yet (and this is just for me mystery of mysteries and I am sure there are theologians who can “explain” it to us) he entered this cursed world as a baby. Among lesser creatures. Totally obedient to parents He created. He was so dependent on God that He said, “I can of my own self do nothing. As I hear, so I speak.” This is the person by whom all things were made and without whom nothing was made! All we have done is created a religion around it, robbing it of it’s meaning and potency. From his total humility, not just because He was God before the Incarnation, God highly exalted him and gave Him a name above every name, past, present and eternity. The way to be really strong is to be weak.

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with some friends and we somehow got to how human beings use a tiny fraction of our brains and there was a desire to know how to tap more. My response was, no, we do not need to tap more of our brain, we need to find out how to do what Daniel in ancient Babylon did – tap into the source of intelligence, God’s mind. Daniel learnt how to access God’s mind and he was considered as having the wisdom of the gods. He did not try to calculate his way into a dream which the Emperor had forgotten, he simply downloaded the dream from Source. That is what we need to learn how to do and your IQ is totally irrelevant. The interesting thing is that when you are able to download thoughts from source, your brain functions at a much higher level. However, you go for the download only if you recognize and acknowledge your inadequacy and incompetence which is what many of us would rather die than do. Daniel in ancient Babylon and Joseph in ancient Egypt both acknowledged their inadequacy in a time of even greater mental powers than now, but check out what they were able to make happen.

Apostle Paul who had one of the most outstanding minds of all time said, “I would rather glory in my weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest on me…for when I am weak, then I am strong.” I refuse to believe Paul was trying to make God feel good. He was speaking a mystery: when you are strong, then you are weak but when you are weak, you can be strong. Even when God is for you, most people are still unable to get ahead, how much more when God is against you. God opposes the proud (Ha!!!) but pours grace upon grace on the humble, which is just what this generation is not. If I want to be strong, I had better learn how to humble myself before the Creator so I can be helped because I need all the help from God I can get.

I am not sure why the Creator loves the humble so much but I know He does. His eyes are scanning the world 24/7 (may I be found, because that is the day I was born) to show Himself strong on behalf of those who are totally devoted to Him. My whole desire (not in a religious, churchy sense) is to be found devoted to God and worthy of being his expression in the world. There is no escaping it, weakness is the way to be strong, smallness is the way to greatness. Why is this? I do not know. But I know the Creator has made an irrevocable choice, which I desire to align with.

“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; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.”

In your spare time and reflective moment, please check my Provocations page, where I put forth baby attempts at intermeddling with wisdom. Feel free to check all the other static pages next to the Provocations page too. They have probably changed since the last time you visited.

– Tolúlopé

10 thoughts on “The mystery of weakness

  1. I think so too. I think every human being should hold them as true. The Creator resists all proud people and assists all truly humble people, whether they presently know him or not. He leads the humble who do not know Him to the knowledge of Him and there are many examples of that. He opposes even proud people who do not have a relationship with Him and there are even more examples of that. True humility must lead to the Creator, even if you are presently an idol worshiper. Thank you for your relentless gracefulness.

  2. hello toluhow are you?thanks for sharing this and i am reminded of two scriptures that talks about his strength being made perfect in our weakness and humbling ourselves in the sight of God and he will lift us high.take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day

  3. You exposed a personal secret I know about God to the whole world today: if you want to attract God to you, be helpless. He is attracted to the helpless… to those who are the weakest of the bunch. It's just like a parent…of all your children, the baby is often times the one that gets the most attention. Same thing with God. The more dependent you are on him, the more attention you'll get from him. So, you shared one of my biggest secret with the world – and I won't hate you for it (LOL)

  4. Thanks Ayo. Yes that first scripture is one that is so rich. I have been thinking about humility for a while and I see it as really mostly in God's sight. God defines humility and he defines pride. God surely has something with humility and weakness.

  5. Hi Bunmi, yes it is a secret, which I wish we all knew in our hearts as we know in our heads. It is an amazing secret. You hit the nail on the head. It is the way to win God's heart and was the difference between Saul and David. It seems to me God is more forgiving of sin in the humble than the proud. One can write volumes on this and never even start to mine the subject. "The more dependent you are on him, the more attention you'll get from him" is the secret. Thanks for loving me as I share this (LOL)

  6. Wonderful Tolu,It would be great if you could creat your blog posts as a Podcast as they are the ideal length.Plenty of food for thought here, which needs to be read a number of times (by me anyway!) as I do not want to miss a thing. I love the concept of tapping into the source of intelligence. I will check your Provocations sight soon.God bless and keep sweet in the Lord, Carole

  7. Thank you Carole. I almost blushed when I read this! Me? Podcast? Thank you for believing in the God in me. Yes, why not. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us." I will look into the podcast thing. This is not the first time it's coming up, so maybe I need to take it seriously.Thank you for treating this blog as it should be treated. It is not news-y. It is to be read and read again. I read and re-read it myself because as I mentioned in the Caveat page, my posts are mostly private meditations made public.I love the "tapping into the source of intelligence" too. People end up thinking you are really intelligent when it has nothing to do with you but everything to do with the source you are connected to, like Joseph and Daniel. Thank you for your great comments Carole.

  8. wow, i totally enjoyed reading this.. it is my helplessness that attracts God to me, being able to admit to Him that i am absolutely nothing without Him. His strength is made perfect in our weaknessthanks for bringing this to light.

  9. Rainjoy – I like that label. I love Joy – it is another mysterious secret of strength. What is the origin of Rainjoy? Yes, this is a counterintuitive secret so it can be hard to grasp but God is attracted to acknowledged helplessness because really, before the Almighty, we are all zero. Those who acknowledge the fact and act accordingly receive the help of God, which makes them appear strong when in fact, they are only being helped. Every sustained greatness, especially those that last from generation to generation from Bible times to now, testify of it. Thank you for visiting, for reading and for commenting.

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