Kindness and Tenderness of a Loving Savior

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A Battered Reed

I saw and touched a battered reed this morning.”

What comes to mind as you read those words? Is it of something that has very little significance in this big world where we live? Something very small that cannot match tall buildings in the largest of our cities or be useful for building a house. Something that will probably never be seen and certainly never win an award and be recognized at a banquet. Something that has no value and needs to be broken off and thrown away if it gets in our way. It offers no food for the hungry, no resting place for the weary, no beauty to be observed and no softness to the touch and no cover for the cold. It is just battered and should be broken off, removed from sight and be thrown away. Would you throw it away?

In Isaiah 42:1-8 (KJV) is expressed by God about the coming of Jesus, His Servant, these words.

1 “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

2 “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street.

3 “A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

4 “He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”

5 Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it,

6 “I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations,

7 To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.

8 “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images”

Reeds are mentioned many times in the Old Testament and New Testament. They were of much significance and use. There were small reeds and large reeds. Some grew very tall and had broad leaves.

Notice verse 3 where God says through Isaiah that He will not break a bruised (battered) reed. What kindness, what gentleness, what sensitivity, and what concern He has for things we consider broken and insignificant. We give little thought to those around us who are poor, broken, troubled, and suffering. BUT, oh, the kindness and gentleness of God in His Son.

Have you experienced His gentle loving kindness?

In Him is Life,

Dewey Wise

August 25, 2009

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