“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)
Often, I imagine that God is unhappy, disapproving, and critical. I fight the feeling that I’ll never please Him, no matter how hard I try. And yet, according to scripture, God is “compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love”. God is accepting, not disapproving. Forgiving rather than critical. My perception, then, is inaccurate. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
Speaking of Truth, Jesus is truth. He came to give a true picture of what God is like. When he restored a man’s shriveled hand, Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy and revealed God’s character. Jesus shows that God is tender to hurting people. He doesn’t break off a bent blade of grass, and He doesn’t put out a dying flame. He is gentle, He is loving, He is good.
God, thank You for showing a picture of Yourself in the person of Jesus. Help me to believe the truth about You–that You are compassionate and loving–rather than my own wrong perception. Change my mind about You until I believe the truth about You, and thank You for Your tenderness and compassionate. Amen.