"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory." (Matthew 12:20 NIV)

In the past my mother had some flowers outside that grew tall but could not hold themselves up. We would drive stakes in the ground and run a wire between them to hold the flowers up. I remember a few times we had gully washer thunderstorms that had blown the few rows of corn we had in our garden down to the ground. We would tromp through the mud, put stakes in the ground and run wire to put the corn upright. We could have cut down the flowers since they were lying in the way but they were still producing. We could have let the corn go but we knew that it was a possibility that it might produce some corn to eat.

The Sunday evening before Christmas our church has a candlelight service. You might get an old candle that has been used before that has a small wick.  When your neighbor tries to light your candle it might take a while before it gives off its own flame. Even then the flame might go out but the wick still be glowing. Your neighbor might notice and relight your candle. They don't want to see your light go out.

Both of these are examples of God. You might be like the flowers or the corn that are just weak from everyday growth or from a terrible storm. God sees what you are going through and knows that there is still life in you. He won't cut you off or leave you to waste away if you belong to him. He will come to you and gently prop you up and give you the care needed to be productive. If he sees that your light is almost gone but there is a glimmer of hope in you he will continually light your flame and not snuff you out. The New Living Translation says it this way:

"He will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final victory." (Matthew 12:20 NLT)

God loves you. You may be beaten down by life or the different storms that come through everyone's life but God will come to you and take care of you. He will not cut you off or snuff your smoldering wick.

If we Christians see a brother or sister who are bent low or just have a glimmer of hope, we need to help them. We are God's hands and feet.

"Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2 NASB95)

"Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another" (1 Thessalonians 4:9 NASB95)

"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB95)

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." (James 5:16 NASB95)

By Dean W. Masters