“He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick.”
What is weaker than the bruised reed–or the smoldering wick?
A reed that grows in the marsh–let but the wild duck land upon it, and it snaps; let but the foot of man brush against it, and it is bruised and broken; every wind that flits across the river–moves it to and fro. You can conceive of nothing more frail or brittle, or whose existence is more in jeopardy, than a bruised reed.
Then look at the smoldering wick–what is it? It has a spark within it, it is true–but it is almost smothered; an infant’s breath might blow it out; nothing has a more precarious existence than its flame. Continue reading
(John MacDuff, “Heavenly Aspirations”)
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich–yet for your sakes He became poor–that you through His poverty, might be rich!” 2 Corinthians 8:9
When our Lord dwelt among men, so extreme was His poverty–that He had nothing which He could call His own! If we follow Him through the whole of His memorable career, we shall find that He had to borrow whatever He needed!
Did He ride in solemn state, amid the acclamations of the people, to the Jewish capital? The humble beast on which He was mounted was not His own–but belonged to another.
(Brooks, “A Word in Season to Suffering Saints”)
“His compassions never fail!” Lamentations 3:22
Each believer has the presence of . . .
a God of mercy,
a God of tenderness,
a God of compassion.
Mercy is as essential to God–as light is to the sun,
or as heat is to the fire. He delights in mercy. Patience,
and mildness, and mercy, and compassion, and peace
–are the fruits of His heart. God’s compassions are . . .
fatherly compassions, Psalm 103:13;
motherly compassions, Isaiah 49:15;
brotherly compassions, Hebrews 2:12;
friendly compassions, Canticles 5:1-2.
Oh, how sweet must the presence of a God of mercy, a
God of compassion–be to the saints in a day of trouble!
The presence of a compassionate friend in a day of distress
is very desirable and comfortable; what then is the
presence of a compassionate God!
Photo by William Sokolenko