"A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.Matthew 12:20(NASB)
No one spoke like this Man, and the tender words that accompany His work should soothe the soul of the one that is lost, discouraged, and getting to their own breaking point. They should bind up the heart of those that are broken by sin, for all humanity is a bruised and breaking reed, all mankind is a smouldering wick that is in need of a Saviour.
This was the ministry for which God the Father sent His Son into the world – a ministry of reconciliation and hope for a world lost in sin – providing salvation for all that would trust in His finished work on Calvary.
This was the anointed One Who announced, "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted." This indeed was His mission and ministry when He came to the lost sheep of the house of Israel 2000 years ago, and this continues to be His mission and ministry throughout this present age of grace, the dispensation of the Church of God. And whosoever will may be healed and made whole, for His grace is sufficient and His forgiveness is for all.
The dominion of sin and death breaks and binds, and it enslaves and snuffs out peace and hope, joy and love. But sin and Satan have no more dominion over those that choose to place their trust in His finished work, for the Cross triumphed, and His work is finished.
But there are those that choose to reject His offer of salvation and His gift of gracious forgiveness of their sins. There are those that, in their self-sufficiency and pride, refuse His comfort and peace, His atoning work on Calvary's Cross where "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; for by His stripes we are healed."
But while it is still day, God in His grace is convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgement so that all that look, will live. For "a bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He sends forth justice unto victory."
Loving Father, praise Your name. I thank You that in Your grace You lifted me up out of the miry clay, when I was that broken reed and smoking flax, and set my feet on the Rock of my salvation. Thank You for Your tenderness, loving-kindness, and care. May I always come to You in times of trial and distress. Keep me under the shadow of Your wing. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.