“a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”- Matthew 12:20-12
A lot of us fit the category of a bruised reed and a smoldering wick. As far as a bruised reed is concerned, many of us have been battered and beaten by evil in this world. Our sin within us and others’ sin from without us have broken like waves over us. They have worn us down and have bruised us. We are a plant, indeed a new creation in Christ. We are growing and are being nourished, but we are still bruised. We are hurt, and we have suffered. A smoldering wick is perhaps a candle that has burned brightly at one time, but its warmth and intensity have lessened. Its light has faded. This wick is ever in danger of just a gentle gust of wind, the slightest hint of which would extinguish it. If we are honest, our faith is at times like this wick. It has burned brightly at times, illuminating large spaces and giving warmth to the surrounding areas. But our faith has also waned. Sometimes our faith is simply holding on (or rather simply being held on to), ready to be extinguished by an argument in favor of no God, the promise of a life of worldly pleasure, or a sin we thought we had conquered. But oh the gentleness of Jesus! We are unbelievably safe in His arms. Though we are bruised, He will not break us or allow us to be broken. Though our faith smolders under ashes and our light has diminished, He will not snuff our faith out nor allow it to be snuffed out. He is careful with us, loving and merciful, tending to us with great care. He knows the weakness of His people and is committed to strengthening us and fueling us to blaze brightly again. He is the hand shielding the candle in the wind, protecting us from total extinction, and the gentle breath of oxygen that gives us energy and vigor once again. He has brought justice to victory through His cross, and His victory is His people’s victory. And He will win the day for us finally upon His return. He is our hope.