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Weakness of God


Written by Simon Tugwell a contemporary American Christian author. This is an excerpt from his book “Prayer.”

Before we get too carried away with thoughts of God’s power, we should listen attentively to what Paul says about the “weakness of God,” which is a vital part of God’s self-revelation. If we look at the way in which he discloses himself in Jesus Christ we have to acknowledge that he does not come into our world with a great display of superior power; in fact, this was one of the temptations which our Lord had to resist as being contrary to his mission, contrary to his true nature. He does not come in strength but in weakness, and he chooses the foolish and weak and unimportant things of the world, things that are nothing at all, to overthrow the strength and impressiveness of the world. He is like the judo expert who uses the strength of his opponent to bring him to the ground; it is the art of self-defense proper to the weak.  This is why, if we keep clamoring for things we want from God, we may often find ourselves disappointed, because we have forgotten the weakness of God and what we may call the poverty of God. We had thought of God as the dispenser of all good things we would possibly desire; but in a very real sense, God has nothing to give at all except himself.


Written by Frank Borman, an American astronaut on the Apollo 8 and Gemini 7 launches.  This is a prayer written from Apollo 8.

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts. And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace. Amen

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