Isa 42:3 “A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.”
A reed is fragile and stands as a symbol of humanity. It can be scraped and flaked and broken. Jesus asked the question, ‘What did you come to the wilderness to see? A reed shaken in the wind?’
A reed is an emblem of weakness. No, we are trees, planted by the river with roots. We will not easily fall.
Once a reed is broken, it is of no use. A bent reed can still be used, maybe with tender care. Jesus wants us to know that He doesn’t see a reed as worthless. In fact, He is seeking you out.
Are you willing to be made strong? ‘Come unto me all ye that are heavy laden…’ Jesus will give you what you need. But, you’ve got to come to Him. Admit to your condition and cry out unto the Lord. If you will come, He will make you strong. He will give you a flame. He will not cast you aside.
Heb 12:3-11 “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
It’s not fun to be chastised. It’s not joyous, but God does it for our good. However, later it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.
Heb 12:12-13 “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”
God has come to heal you, not break you. ‘As an outcast among many is the sin-ridden soul.’ But Jesus will not cast you down or out. He might condemn, but it is not to destroy you, it is to bring you to Him in repentance. Sin will destroy, but Jesus transforms and heals. There is no way to wash the soul clean, but Jesus can.
A reed was meant to be an instrument of music. If there was a crack or a hole in it, it was useless. The tendency is to believe if you are a bruised reed, there are others better so what’s the use of trying. But, Jesus will not cast out the bruised reed. He wants to heal you to make you whole to love you and transform you and make you a whole new creature.
Jesus is here to say, ‘I desire the bruised reed to be made strong. I desire the hands that hang low to be lifted up today in encouragement.’
The result of sin is death, but if you come to Him and repent, He will heal you and forgive you. When we can’t get to where we need to go, He will make up the difference. He will make Himself a bridge. Godly sorrow works repentance. ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit…’
God does not delight in your pain. He wants to restore you. He wants to pick you back up. He has come to give you rest and restoration.
Jesus wants to put integrity in your hypocrisy, reality in your fantasies, truth in your lies. You can hide all you want from people, but He sees the condition of your heart. He wants to help you.
God is pleased with you turning your life over to Him and then He will restore you to the person He wants you to be, the ministry He has for your life.
God will deepen everything that is right. He will discard your afflictions and trials.
It doesn’t have to be sin, it can simply be something you want but are upset that you can’t get. It could just be stuff that’s stressing you out.
All you need is desire to walk with God. The battlefield is loaded up with people that are in despair. God longs to help you back to health. The Good Samaritan is Jesus and He will help you.
You are embarrassed by your brokenness and you refuse to go to the altar and get healing and restoration. Let to the weights and the sin. Walk by faith to the altar and get the restoration you desperately need.
Judgment will come to victory. ‘I’ve come to pardon sinners.’ Jesus has come to speak a word to the weary and find rest.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.