A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “Jesus’ Miracles”
Matthew 12:20: “He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick, until He has led justice to victory.”
What a picture of the King! Gracious. Just. Sovereign. When He came to establish His kingdom, Jesus did not come by force. He came by performing signs and wonders to demonstrate that He is a compassionate King.
This news is comforting and strengthens our faith. We discover more mercy in Him than sin in us, and more strength than weakness.
As a “bruised reed,” you may have bitter thoughts about yourself—personal judgments for failures, a sense of guilt and remorse for past sins, or an abiding presence of shame in your life. As a “smoldering wick,” you may fear that God has abandoned you. His presence seems absent for too long. Your circumstances never seem to ease.
We don’t often admit that we are spiritually bruised, broken, and hurting. But we should. Jesus, the righteous King, will not break a bruised reed or put out a smoldering wick. Admitting our spiritual brokenness puts us in the position to experience the comfort and strength that comes from trusting a loving and sovereign King.
He will accomplish His work in you and for you. He will not fail in what He has undertaken. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction” (Isa. 42:4).
Pause and Reflect
• Take a moment to be vulnerable before the Lord and admit your brokenness. Pray: Dear God, I come to you as a child today, unable to offer you anything but ready to depend on you completely. I have messed up a thousand things a thousand times. And, strangely, I find peace and comfort admitting this to You. Your grace is sufficient for a thousand more mistakes and to transform me into the image of your Son, my Savior. Thank You for grace. Amen.