Why it is easier to see God in the brightness of a beautiful glorious day than it is to trust Him in the darkness of a cold stormy night? Is He not the same? Of course He is!
While many begin questioning God and are busy trying to understand why God allows storms and heartache in their lives, our focus should not be on the "WHY" but on Christ Himself, His love, His word, His power and what He can do in our midst.
Although it may appear that you’re being pushed to the limit, the pain, struggles, heartaches and attacks that you’re presently experiencing are in your life to mature your faith and mold you into greatness. For Christ has not forgotten or forsaken you and soon your weeping will turn to joy.
For one of the most comforting verses in all of scripture is found in Matthew 12:20 NIV which says, "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory."
What is more weak, delicate or feeble than a cracked reed or a wick barely flickering, about to go out? Even though these characteristics may be used to describe something as useless, it’s more descriptive of His compassion towards us in our weakest hour, state or condition.
A bruised reed depicts those who have been oppressed, beaten up, beaten down, severely wounded and even left for dead by the effects in this sinful world. They are broken by life, damaged in their hearts and minds, and are experiencing helplessness and hopelessness in their present situation. They are in need of a fresh revelation, a new beginning, with renewed comfort, strength, guidance, stability and victory in their life.
A smoldering wick refers to the wick of an oil lamp or a candle where the flame is exhausted, barely flickering, dying but not yet completely vanquished or dead.
The compassion of Christ is such that He binds up broken hearts, heals wounds, restores and comforts to them back to fullness of life. For God has promised that He will not neglect, break, be cruel or destroy you, but will forgive, heal, pardon and give new life to all those that trust Him and call on His name. He will not allow your hope to become extinguished and your faith to become extinct.
Christ will graciously blow His grace upon the smoldering sparks, re-igniting it into a full fiery blaze and never leave you alone until your journey or work has been completed here on earth. Under the anointing and influence of His Holy Spirit, He will strengthen you onward, making you more than a conqueror over the enemy, until He takes you home.
Yes, not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel for you, but as you look to Jesus, HE IS THE EVER PRESENT LIGHT that is with you no matter how great the darkness surrounding you. And no darkness can or will ever overcome Him.
~Dr. Andrew Bills
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