Is God Vulnerable?
by Jean Vanier

In I Corinthians 1:25 we read, "Because the foolishness of God
is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger
than men."  

We this incredible picture of God who is able to be weak
and foolish.  One of the greatest ways He reveals His
vulnerability is He respects our freedom.

The respect that God has for us is extraordinary.  We turn
our backs on God and He does not send a thunderbolt to knock
us down.  God waits.  And this is the mystery.

Of course, God reveals vulnerability in Jesus, especially
when He is pushed aside, tortured, and eventually

God could have sent a legion of angels to knock everybody's
heads in but instead he demonstrated respect
for people--respecting them even in their aggressiveness
against God.  God is a vulnerable God.

He says, "I stand at the door knocking, if anyone hears My voice
and opens the door, I will come in to him and have supper
with him and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20).  Notice that
God doesn't break the door down.  

The mystery is that God waits for us to say, "Yes, come in."