quoted from the Book of Isaiah in Matthew 12:20: "A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out."
As I travel around the State of Texas where I serve as a Workplace Chaplain, I encounter quite a few "Smoldering Wicks" and more than my share of "Bruised Reeds," come to think about it.
What was Jesus referring to when He quoted this verse? In context, Isaiah 42:1-7 says, "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law.” Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house."
Obviously, Jesus was quoting a prophetic verse which was referring to Himself. In essence, He was assuring us He's gotcha covered. He has your back, as we say today.
No matter how much you're hurting, no matter how dismal your past, or how bleak you future may seem, 1 Corinthians 10:13 assures us, "God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand."
Jesus said it. That settles it. Whatever you've gone through, or are currently GOING through, the point is YOU ARE GOING THROUGH IT! The problem occurs when we build a camp and choose to stay there, sometimes all our lives, even if only in our minds.
THAT is the battleground, after all.
So, trust Jesus. He's got your back (Isaiah 58:8, "The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard").
Founder, The Church @ Work (TCAW)