Smoldering and or bent and bruised

There’s a song by Elevation Worship that plays on PLR radio that I like, it asks some questions of us and then guides us to the answers. It’s called Come to the Altar.

Are you hurting and broken within Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin? Jesus is calling. Have you come to the end of yourself ? Do you thirst for a drink from the well? Jesus is calling.

O come to the altar The Father’s arms are open wide Forgiveness was bought with The precious blood of Jesus Christ.

I thought of this song as I read two chapters of Isaiah, 42 and 43 this morning. I will quote a couple verses but I encourage you to read both chapters.

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction. ”
Isaiah 42:1-4 – NLT

Then in chapter 43 we read this, it is God speaking to his children.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
Isaiah 43:25 – NIV

This encourages me. The servant God is talking about is Jesus. God looks down and sees me in my imperfections and he has compassion. When I am like a candle barely able to keep my flame lit, he doesn’t snuff me out, he cares for me, trims my wick and helps burn brighter for him. He sees me, that I am like a river reed bent over and almost snapped in half, then with care and compassion he rights me and heals me and helps stand up straight.

When, not if I falter and fail him, God himself has provided the payment for my mistakes, blunders, goofs, failures, and assorted and sundry sins. The good news is that he has forgiven me, me and you, he has forgiven all of us but we must claim that forgiveness by believing in Jesus’ life death and resurrection from the dead.

Are you like me, hurting and broken within? Are you like me, feeling like a bruised reed or a smoldering wick, Not dead yet but not fully alive? God has a plan for us and a place for us in his family!

Many of the folks who read my posts have already met Jesus. So this next part is to You who have met Jesus, will you share your story today with one person? Look for someone to help then look for an opportunity to share what God has done for you in your life.

God is good and kind and gentle with bent reeds and smoldering wicks. He loves us. He has forgiven us. Not everyone has heard this yet so Let’s share this good news today.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?

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