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“A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench” (Matthew 12:20).
When you really, really love a verse, and you’ve thought about it over and over to the point where it’s not only a part of you, but it also defines you, it can be hard to comment on it. This is one such verse. So I asked my husband, the pastor, if he would give me a few of his thoughts about these words. And here’s what he said:
“God is not heavy-handed, but full of compassion. He doesn’t give up on us. He knows what we can handle; He knows our limits.” —Dave Woodward
Yes, yes, yes, and yes. And I would just add to that, “For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust” (Psalm 103:14 NLT).
Feel like giving up, because you know you’re inadequate for whatever task you’re facing? Don’t. That “give up” whisper is not from the God who made and knows you, but from the enemy of your soul. God is the fanner of faint flames; the bracer of weak, bruised reeds. He will give you that next heartbeat, that next lungful of air that you need to keep moving.
And He’ll applaud your every step, like the parent that He is.