Strong Weakness and Foolish Wisdom

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. — 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV)

I guess it never occurred to me the implications of this verse.  Is there such a thing as the foolishness of God?  Or the weakness of God?  God is all-powerful and all-knowing!  How could He have foolishness and weakness?  It’s all in how you look at it.

God’s Foolishness

God is, obviously, no fool.  He has infinite knowledge and wisdom.  It is God’s message of salvation by grace through faith that seems foolish to humanity.  How could believing in a Jewish carpenter who lived nearly 2000 years ago and died a humiliating, torturous death on a Roman cross bring forgiveness for horrible, awful sinners such as us?  That doesn’t make any sense!  Surely there are rules that need to be kept, right?  There must be something more to it than simple faith!  It just seems so…foolish.

God’s Weakness

God is not weak, right?  He can move mountains!  He can shake the earth that He spoke into existence!  Nothing is impossible for God!  How could anyone say that God has any weakness?  Because Christ came.  The One by and through Whom all things were created emptied Himself of Himself and came to earth as a helpless, weak human baby.  He limited Himself and though He was fully God, He was fully human as well.  Yet, even in this weakness, He demonstrated incalculable strength by enduring the agony of the cross!


Why?  Why would God do all of this?  Because of His intense desire to see His most prized creation be restored to a right relationship with Him.  So He sent a weak, helpless baby to bring a foolish message of grace to the world.  Though we may think we are strong and wise, we may just be too strong and wise for our own good.  May we be a little weaker and a little more foolish today.

PRAYER: Lord God, help me to trust in the power of the cross today.  To the world, Jesus seems weak and foolish and the cross seems powerless.  Help me to know the unfathomable power of Jesus’ cross to give me hope, healing, strength and wisdom today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


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