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Does God favor frailty?

Could it be true? Is it possible that the Almighty God actually desires the debilitated? Is He fondest of the faint? Could the Lord prefer people who are powerless?

What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
(Romans 9:14, NIV)

God is fair and impartial.

OK, we get that. The Bible says so.

He doesn't care how great a person may be, and he pays no more attention to the rich than to the poor. He made them all.
(Job 34:19, NLT)

For God does not show favoritism.
(Romans 2:11, NIV)

Despite what the popular (and somewhat irritating) tee shirts say, claiming “God loves everyone, but I’m His favorite,” the Holy One is wholly fair and adores each one of us more than we can imagine.

Still, is there something inherently special in God’s eyes about those who are feeble, fragile, infirm, rickety, shaky, spent, and even wavering?

Maybe so.

After all, it is only when we are out of gas that we may be refilled.

God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for his power.

What a great God we love, who desires nothing more than to supply for our shortcomings, perfect our imperfections, and save us from ourselves.

by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
public domain

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1 comment:

  1. I've been impressed lately (due to CS Lewis) with the idea that when Jesus said "be perfect", He was really asking us to submit to being MADE perfect by God's good work and plans. So if we who humble ourselves enough to accept His work are on the road to perfection, then it follows that we who are the weakest and "frailest" must need more of His attention to get there.

    So much for my logical philosophizing; here is better proof:
    2 Corinthians 12:9
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

    Great post!