by Josh Vahle
15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and ordered them not to make him known. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
– Matthew 12:15-21
This is one of my favorite passages. This is probably because I often experience feeling like a bruised reed or a smoldering wick. Someone one time told me that my feelings are not my reality. It has been a work of God to help me to grow and mature and make some progress in this area of my life. Slowly God has been helping me to believe and actively trust with supernatural faith implanted in my soul by Him this: Jesus is my reality, not my circumstances, not my feelings. He is The Stronghold of my life. A Mighty Fortress when I feel like a weary and burdened traveler in this wilderness….when I’m scared or discouraged…He is my Courage and Safety…and I am one of these “Gentiles” (non-Jewish person) who is learning to “HOPE” in His Name, in His Faithfulness, in His Promises and Goodness and Constant care for me, down to the last hair He has assigned a number to on my head. Hallelujah! What a Savior! What a King!
Jesus, many of us often feel like bruised reeds and smoldering wicks. Your Grace is sufficient for us, for Your Power is made perfect in our weakness. Please help us to experience the reality of This Scripture today as we wait on You and seek Your Face. We can’t do even one thing on our own. You are The Vine, we are the branches. Teach us what it means to abide, IN YOU, today. You are our Home. Thank You for making sure we live in A Safe Place, You. Amen.