A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

i will bend like a reed in the wind

“A bruised reed He will not break a smoldering wick He will not put out.” Isaiah 42:3a

There are times I have felt like I could take no more. Times I was so overwhelmed with illnesses and other life challenges, times that my belief in God was so very fragile.

And during these times I felt like a bruised reed, so fragile I might break. Or a smoldering wick that has no flame, ready to completely blow out.

When we are in a place like this I believe the Lord deals with us ever so tenderly and gently, as a mother would lovingly deal with her beloved child.

At times like these we may not even be able to pray. That is when we need to enlist the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us carry our burdens.

And we can also be encouraged that as Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father He is interceding for us.
Some people may refer to these times as ‘dry times’. And they sure can feel like that; like God has left us and we are on our own. But our Lord will not let us break or have our wick blow out.

We may cry out “O Lord, do not forsake me, be not far from me my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior” (Psalm 38:21 and 22).

And we can experience Psalm 40:1 and 2, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

In time we will be revived and become that strong reed He designed us to be and a candle burning brightly.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you never leave or forsake us. Help us during those times when we do feel like a bruised reed or a smoldering wick. Renew and refresh us. Lord we pray that you would put a new song in our mouth, a hymn of praise to You our God; as Psalm 40:3 says.

About the Author:
CarolAnn Adams, who lives in Ohio has had chronic illnesses for most of 15 years. She had been active in many church ministries, but is now restricted by illness. So she ministers to others through writing devotionals and a blog. And by being part of an online Chronic Illness site which she volunteers for, prays and encourages people. She is also part of a Facebook prayer team.

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9 thoughts on “A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

  1. CarolAnn:

    As I began reading this, tears came to my eyes. It touched me deeply. Emotionally, I’ve been up and down like a yo-yo lately. Sometimes feeling so hopeless and sometimes energized and content.

    The Scriptures you chose are such good ones. I really appreciate what you have shared.


  2. Oh Beth,
    Reading your comment brought tears to my eyes.
    I actually wrote this over a month ago, so for me it was almost like my reading it the first time in a way.
    The Lord knew I really needed these words for myself again. Lately, I am that bruised reed and that smoldering wick.
    But He, He will not let us break of be burned out.
    I really should not even be typing right now due to injections in my shoulder, but when I read you comment I just had to respond.
    Beth, I totally understand your yo-yo comparison. And you know what, its o.k. with Him that we go through those times. He loves us still, and while we may be up and down at times He is the same, yesterday and forever !
    I would not have thought of that unless I read your comment. Praise God that He is our solid rock on which we stand, all other ground if sinking sand (as the old hymn goes).

  3. Dear Carol – so good to see another one of your devotionals posted.

    Like both you and Beth have expresses, I too can get into such times of feeling bruised, broken, needing such a new touch of grace to keep going.

    As I read your thoughts here, I was reminded that both “fire” and “water” are represented in the images in this Scripture and they would seem in the natural to be opposed to each other.

    But we, as “reeds” need the nourishment of God’s living water to restore us and we need the “fire” of the Holy Spirit’s Presence to hold us close when life crashes in on us.

    So they go hand in hand to be strength for us.

    I pray you will soon be lifted out of this current set back.


  4. Lynn,
    Wow, that is a amazing insight about the fire ad water.
    It is so true we need “God’s water’ to replenish and “God’s fire” of the Holy Spirit in so many ways.
    I just love it when others get insights into all these devotionals and even more comes out of them, it is so cool.
    Thanks for sharing Lynn.

  5. Thank you for such an encouraging blog Carol. Such a beautiful prayer.
    My condition seems to be worsening.
    I am becoming, daily, more enveloped by my pain, and find it very difficult to cope with the duties and obligations of a wife, mother, hostess and friend. Need to constantly remind myself of who I am in Christ, and to ask Him for His help.
    I thank Him for His Grace and Mercy.

  6. Carol

    I so understand being bruised and broken and not able to take another step on my own. How thankful I am that the Lord steps in at those times and He looks after me and keeps me going just as you’ve said. He doesn’t allow us to break or our wick to go out.

    Thank you for your heartfelt words of encouragement to us. I appreciate you!

    I’m praying for you and your family.

    Love and gentle hugs,


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  9. Dear Carol,

    Thank you so much for this beautiful devotional.
    It is a timelss prayer.
    You are an encourager.
    May our Lord bless and heal you and expand your
    area of influence for Him.
    Pastor, Irene

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