Weak God

At the very onset, let me state that God is not weak, though some may claim and think it to be so. The ones at the foot of the Cross mocked him as a weak God, one who could save others but at the end could not save himself. For the Almighty (Elohim) God, this is a ridicule of immense proportion. He who fashioned the world with his Word and the one who controls all the elements of life, is now being told that He is weak, succumbing to death. But His state of weakness, He willingly chose, so that we may not be weak and enslaved under the bondage of sin. Jesus himself expressed that  He willingly laid down His life so that He may take it back again (John 10:17) and Pilate had no power over Jesus, not to crucify Him nor to release Him,  except that which was granted to him (John 19:10-11). So the reality is God is not weak.

However, for a moment, even if one was to think that God is weak, let us not fool ourselves into thinking that this weak God has to be subject to the power and strength of men. On the contrary, even the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25). So if we were to take all the strength that men can muster and force that against God, it would be just a whiff of air against His weakest state.

The Truth is the Strongest of the strong chose to be weak, so that the strongholds of sin and its wages, a.k.a. death will no longer have its power over His people, whom He came to save (Matthew 1:21). Jesus is not a weak God and even when He chooses to be, He is stronger than the strongest of all men.

Wonderful God

There are about 25 references in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible in which the word wonderful or its variant appears, however, there is only one verse in the entire Holy Scriptures in which it is used as a name (with an uppercase ‘W’). This is in Isaiah 9:6 which is a foretelling of the birth of Jesus Christ and the titles/names by which He would be known. Amongst all of the given names such as Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the first in that list is the name Wonderful (and yes it is distinct although many think it is an adjective to his counseling abilities; no, it is not wonderful Counsellor, but Wonderful, Counsellor).

All of the definitions in the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary for the word ‘wonderful’ is given as an adjective. Some of the definitions include exciting, marvelous, astonishing, unusually good, admirable. There is not a single definition in which the word ‘wonderful’ is a noun (as a Name).  So the Bible is unique in defining the unique Lord Jesus Christ Wonderful.

His name is Wonderful, but is He really wonderful? Let us not speculate, but search the Scriptures to gain the answer.

  1. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14) – His CREATION (you and me) is wonderful!
  2. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: (Psalm 40:5) – His WORKS are wonderful!
  3. Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? (1 Samuel 6:6) – His DELIVERANCE is wonderful!
  4. This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working. (Isaiah 28:29) – His COUNSEL is wonderful!
  5. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. (Psalm 119:129). His TESTIMONIES are wonderful!

His Creation, His Works, His Deliverance,  His Counsel, and His Testimonies are all wonderful. So you be the judge as to whether this God is wonderful or not. I pray that our response is not like that of the self-righteous chief priests and scribes who were blind despite their seeing of the wonderful things that Jesus did and were sorely displeased, while many praised God saying ‘Hosanna to the son of David’ (Matthew 21:15). Today there are many who see (experience) the Wonderful God and instead of praising God are displeased on account of their own self-righteousness. We must instead be like the Psalmist who when he learned of this Wonderful God, simply exclaimed, such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. (Psalm 139:16).

What a Wonderful God Jesus is. He creates us wonderfully, His work in our lives is wonderful, His redemptive deliverance of our lives from sin and grave danger is wonderful, He counsels and guides our lives in wonderful ways so that our testimonies of Him are indeed wonderful! Jesus is THE Wonderful God, His name is Wonderful and He lives up to His Name! I challenge you to show me another man or god who does.

Welcoming God

In the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, recorded in Luke 18:15-17 we see a familiar passage wherein Jesus tells his disciples to ‘Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

The word ‘Suffer’ in this text is used interchangeably with the word ‘Allow‘. While this passage is often spoken of as the love God has for children (in age), in today’s context, we can also view it as applicable to all of God’s children who are being prevented from being touched  and blessed (yes Jesus touched the children and blessed them). The world today is trying to keep us away from God. Prayer is disallowed in public schools, public display of the Ten commandments in federal buildings is being questioned and the words ‘In God we Trust’ that is imprinted on American currency is sought to be changed. To be a follower of Christ is becoming an object of ridicule  in this callous and wicked generation where Halloween festivities supersede Christmas (which is also being renamed as X-mas). And then again, there is so much more that try to forbid us, his children from Christ. We are his children for to all who believe in His name, He gave them the right to be called the children of God.

But the great news is that God is a welcoming God who is ordering those things that keep us away from him, to suffer (allow) little children (us) to come unto Him so that He can touch our lives and bless us. Jesus Christ is a welcoming God. Have you heard his call/his invitation?

Winking God

An interesting verse recorded in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is in Acts 17:30 which reads, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” as the Apostle Paul preached on Mars Hill about Jesus Christ and His resurrection from death to a people who were highly superstitious.

While the most common meaning of the word ‘wink’ is to shut one eye briefly as a signal or in teasing, another definition according to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, for the word ‘wink’ is to avoid seeing or noting something.

In the  context of the aforementioned verse, Paul writes that God winked at the ignorance of men, using the word ‘wink’ interchangeably with the word ‘overlooked’. Before the foreknowledge of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, His Sacrifice and His Resurrection, God avoided seeing or noting the sinfulness of man and the need for a Savior, but when one is made aware of the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, God commands (and yes it is a command) ALL men EVERY WHERE to repent (to turn from sin with a contrite heart, amending one’s life to be sanctified to Him).

It is truly the mercy and grace of God that God is a winking (overlooking) God, otherwise those who have not heard of His Son, Jesus Christ, would not have a chance. And now to you and me and every one else, who are made aware (no longer ignorant) of Jesus and His work, we are commanded to make amends of our life and turn from our life of sin with a contrite heart, one that God will not despise.

Weeping God

The shortest verse as stated in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is recorded in John 11:35 which reads, “Jesus wept.” when Lazarus died and was laid in a tomb. While this may seem to be a natural reaction to the loss of companionship of a dear one, this account have deep undertones with the eventual glory being all God’s, that ought not to be missed. What I want to focus on today is simply the reaction of Jesus when someone dear to him died. Jesus wept.

According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the word ‘wept’ is the past or past particle of the word weep. Weep is a verb. Transitively it means to express deep sorrow for (usually by shedding tears) and intransitively it means to express passion (as grief by shedding tears).

Jesus expresses deep sorrow for all those who are dead spiritually and wishes that each one of us are saved. He expressed God’s passion for us by dying on the cross. Even Mel Gibson’s wonderful movie, The Passion of the Christ falls short of the true passion that Jesus had and continues to have for you and me today. Think about it, Jesus is a weeping God, a God who weeps when man choose to be separated from His companionship with them, a.k.a. when they choose to be spiritually dead. He passionately seeks after each one.