Friday, July 29, 2011

A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break: Be Strong in the Lord

a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
(Isaiah 42:3. ESV.)

Have you ever been in a season or situation that just seemed hopeless at times? Perhaps with a medical condition and a diagnosis or treatment cannot be found. Or, maybe a court case that appears to be going nowhere or is dragged on for years. Do you find yourself thinking, “Will the judge ever understand?” Possibly it’s a dead end job, lack of work, depression, or an exceptionally difficult and/or unhealthy relationship that might never change. Could it be a struggle with (or loved one who fights) an addiction or substance abuse issues?

I believe all of us face adversity and/or tribulations. But God’s word promises, “A bruised reed He will not break, and a faintly burning wick He will not quench.” Do you see it? A flame that looks to have gone out? But wait, there is the slightest hint of smoldering. A tiny bit of glowing and smoke. It has not quite gone out. How easy would it be to just lick you finger (and thumb) and snuff it? A cinch! Effortless! The difficult part is nurturing the fire so it can rekindle…or mending the battered reed that is ever so barely gripping. So fragile. So tempting to just throw it away and say, “It’s broken. It can’t be fixed. It will never stick.”

God holds on and so can we. He gingerly repairs and cares for that which is injured. He protects the dim spark so it does not die out. He does not discard it! He does not give up on it, lose hope, toss it aside, smother it, stomp it out, or leave it to wilt into nothingness.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
(Psalm 34:18. ESV.)

Be wise! God provides all that we need (i.e. medicine, authorities for protection, pastors and teachers for counsel, the body of Christ for support, food, clothing, shelter, water, etc.)! But also, pray in your affliction, stand firm in the Word of God, put on the whole armor (Ephesians 6:10-20) EVERYDAY!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (Ephesians 6:10. ESV.)

[You] can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who strengthens [you]. (Philippians 4:13. NKJV. Emphasis added.)

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