Madly feeble



No – not the pop group.

According to the dictionary, madness refers to one or all of three definitions:

* The state of having a serious mental illness.

* Extremely foolish behaviour

* A state of wild or chaotic activity

All of these ‘conditions’ can cause great anxiety, pain, and sorrow, in those who observe them in another loved one.

We don’t want those we love to be foolish, involved in wild and chaotic purposeless activity, or suffer from mental illness.

A great sense of inadequacy comes over us when we seem to be ineffective in helping them.

I Thessalonians 5/14

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

This is God’s tall order that we can only begin to obey with His enablement.

The word feebleminded here can be translated (and is) faint-hearted, or discouraged.

This scripture therefore may or (may not) directly apply to those who are mad, in that, it is not directly addressing such.

When I first read the word ‘feebleminded’ – I half-embraced the idea that they, were those, who had mental problems. But an actual  mental illness? I wasn’t so sure.

We have all heard of a ‘feeble excuse’.

Someone who is weak or poor in demonstrating what they are reputed to be good at, is usually referred to (unkindly) as ‘a feeble excuse for a goalkeeper’, another example might be – demonstrating ‘a feeble attempt at trying to be a gardener’, or ‘a feeble contender for the boxing crown’ and so on.


My opening presentation of my subject matter has changed into a study of the word feeble.

Not many would use the adjective ‘feeble’ when describing for example – a ‘nutty’ kind of drummer who sets instruments on fire or who gesticulates facially and impudently, demonstrating that ‘he doesn’t give a …….’ (Not sure what word to use here)? How about ‘toss…?’…about living a constructive and stable life.

But is not such an attitude mad and feeble?

We have all seen examples of those who were hell-bent on self-destruction to the applause of the crowd.

Sometimes such are salvaged, by being infected with a strong dose of ‘grown-upness’ or ideally salvaged (saved) by finding Christ as Saviour, before it is too late.

To be ‘patched-up’ with ‘grown up-ness’ is better than continuing with an open wound. But to be healed completely is the best option.

In life sometimes, physical healing is greatly delayed. 

To be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healed is what Christ The Lord offers us.

However sometimes the completion or fulfilment of His Promise to do this healing, only takes place in eternity, when we have shed this mortal coil.

There are sure and present promises that He gives, that can be fulfilled now. Here are a few – 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

I’ve experienced this.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

I’ve experienced this.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I’ve experienced this.

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

I am assured of this – but have yet to experience it fully by passing from this life – though eternal life starts now through knowing Him. (See John 17/And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.)

And so one could go on itemising Promises that will be fulfilled now or in the eternal realm.

Either way, whether in this life or the next, these promises cannot fail to be fulfilled, unless we refuse to be the recipients of them.

I started this post on the subject of madness, moved to feebleness, and now I am emphasising the promises of God.

To refuse Christ’s salvation, and a relationship with Him – is madness to me.

Our excuses for not following Him are feeble.

But all His promises are yes and yes and amen and amen.

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God

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