Wounded souls are contrite and fearful. We have been damaged by the ravages of the evil one through those who were close to us. But God will not finish us off. No! He mends us because he loves us. Wounded souls are represented here by a bruised reed and a smoldering wick.
Wounded, bruised and smoldering
Matthew 12:18-20 New International Version (NIV)
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
God meets us where we are. This is the ‘open door’ policy that God has for everyone. No matter what you think, you are worthy for God’s forgiveness.
King David understood this better than anyone. He understood God and knew that even though he had sinned, God still forgave him and nurtured him back to health. David’s Psalms 18 and 23 show how God protects and defends us when we are humble.
For the devious
But don’t think God does this for every one. He makes a distinction between the repentant and the unrepentant.
Psalm 18:25-27 New International Version (NIV)
25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
Grow and mature
Our life on earth is meant to provide us opportunities to grow and mature. We must gain wisdom if we are to progress. For each step you take closer to God, God takes a step toward you.