Main Passage: Matthew 5:1-12
Secondary Passage: Isaiah 61:1-3
Focus Verse: Isaiah 42:3 NKJV
"A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth."
While driving to get errands done, an oncoming car in the opposite lane accidentally flung a rock into my windshield, "Crash!" I was stunned at first, then upset about the damage to my windshield. The other car did nothing wrong. As days passed, the smashed spot spread out a couple of different directions across my windshield. My mom asked, "What happened?" when she saw it. It looks far worse than it originally looked when it happened. Photo is mine of my real cracked windshield.
What's the Deal?
Life can be like that, can't it? We go along our merry way and "Crash!" Something happened: lost job, sudden illness, divorce, death in the family. At first, it hurts leaving a definite mark on our lives. But over time, if we let it continue its course, it gets worse and spreads into different areas of our lives. The result is a fragile heart breaking at every little hurt.
That crack in the windshield, the pain in our lives, is always in our line of sight. It constantly reminds us of the damage that happened a while ago. It affects our view of everything we see. We can't look past it. Does God care?
In our main passage, Jesus preached to a crowd on a mountain after preaching in Galilee. He had become famous, so people from all over followed Him just to hear what He had to say or to be healed. It quickly becomes obvious the compassion Jesus had for those whose hearts hurt whether it be loss, being wronged, being ill, being mistreated, you name it. He acknowledges their pain, but has encouragement for them. They shall be comforted, find righteousness, get mercy, and more. God cares for those whose lives are like cracked windshields. He offers them hope. Image by Francisco Moreno from Freely Photos.
In Isaiah 61:1-3, Isaiah speaks of bringing the good news to the poor, to bind up (bandage for healing) the broken-hearted, freedom for those who are in prison, comfort and provision for those who mourn, and beauty from the ashes (ruin), joy for those who grieve, and garment of praise for those who are in despair. God offers to take care of us in our pain and bring about a joyful praise in us. He will right all wrongs one day. He will have a day of vengeance on our behalf. We can let it go because He already has it taken care of.
Our focus verse means that God will not cause those who are needy or in pain to fall apart, He will restore them. Smoking flax refers to those whose faith is struggling. He will not put us in the position to snuff out the flicker of faith that is in us. God will restore us.
The qualifier in these passages is a steadfast faith in Him.
In our pain, He promises us restoration. He will not allow us to be pushed to the point of breaking nor for our faith in Him to be put out. He will right all of our wrongs and have vengeance on our behalf. He offers us restoration. He offers us hope. He offers us provision in our mourning. We will one day have joy and sing praise to Him. All we need to do is trust Him with our pain. Knowing this, we can praise Him in the storms in our lives. by Elijah Hiett from Freely Photos.
Do you have a cracked windshield in your life, where all you can see is the pain? There is no damage He cannot mend, no heart He cannot heal. Hang on to the promises in God's Word today for the hope and restoration He has for you. Let Him bring healing and wholeness into your life, making beauty from the ashes of your pain. Give it all over to Him. He loves you so much!