Bruised and Smoldering
Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoking flax He will not quench. He will bring forth justice for truth.
Many times, I have felt like a broken reed. A reed stands upright, but when it is tossed about in adverse winds it becomes bruised and begins to hang down toward the ground. We as God’s children have been created to walk upright to stand tall in the earth, and declare the goodness of God. Yet winds of adversity come and we are broken and bruised, we want to hang our heads and just let go. Sometimes we may even fall away for a season.
One thing we can be sure of in this time of bruising is that Jesus will never add to our suffering He knows how much we can take, and won’t allow more on us than we can handle. He won’t break us; He is in the business of restoring all things. Jesus was bruised for our iniquities, the places where we’ve fall into sin, and bore them on the cross at Calvary so that we can be restored back to our heavenly Father.
Many times, I have felt like my flame was about to go out. The fire and passion I had in my heart for the Lord was flickering, and smoldering, no longer a flame, but an ember. Lamp wicks are made from linen when they are smoldering it is because they lack oil, they are about to go out, but Jesus does not condemn us or quench us. Linen is made from flax; it takes a long drawn out process to make linen. Linen garments are worn by the priests in the old testament. Jesus will fan the flame of His love for us, and will rekindle the fire in our heart if we let Him. He will pour out the oil and wine upon us and restore our soul and revive our burning love for Him.
I have never seen a time when so many believers are being tried and tested in the fires of adversity. Trials come to test our faith; our faith can only be tested when we face things too big for us.
Stand tall and burn bright. Don’t become a victim of the darkness that is shrouding the earth today. Self-pity and selfishness are causing us undue suffering and pain. We want to move on with the Lord, but our resolve is being hampered by the circumstances surrounding us, we lack focus, we want what we want.
We want to do better, but we don’t want to change. We don’t want to give up our desires to find out what the Lord requires of us. We talk a good game, but in reality, we cannot win because we can’t get out of our own way to follow His way. This is when the Lord comes to us, and fans our flame, and lifts our head and tell us to stand tall and wait upon His mercy and grace to bring us out of the dark wilderness of this season of despair.
Isaiah 61:3 “…..To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified”%%detect_both%%