Promise for Today: The Nearness of God

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a soldering wick he will not snuff out.” Isaiah 42:3 NIV

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 NIV

A bruised reed…

You’ve been there, haven’t you?

No longer bending in the breeze,

but broken…

you think, beyond repair.

A smoldering wick, flickering…

dreams quickly evaporating,

and you’re wondering, searching, asking…

“Is there hope?”

“Anyone care?

God does.

Always has, always will.

He is close…

as near as your heart.

You may be down,

but you’re not out.

God still has plans for you.

His promises are tried…and true.

Only believe.

What about you? Have you felt God’s nearness? When? Ever been down but not out? Feel free to share your comments below. You can e-mail this to a friend or repost the blog in its entirety on social media, but if you want to use it on your blog or website, please ask for permission.

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    5 Responses to “Promise for Today: The Nearness of God”

    1. Coralie - Queensland, Australia on May 11th, 2011 8:06 pm

      Rebecca – God is always on time with your words of encouragement. Monday, I had an accident in my car. A truck ran into it and crushed the back end of my car. It has been written off by the insurance assessors. Yet, here I am battered and bruised and not a broken bone. The Dr at the hospital was amazed. So “a brused reed He will not break!” I am living proof again of God’s faithfullness. I had jut finished praying when the accident happened. At the moment I am down but certainly NOT OUT and thanking God I was not broken and I have forgiven the man who hit me and prayed that He would know Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

    2. stan on May 13th, 2011 5:52 am

      when we are bruised , beaten down, its God’s way of making us trust Him completely, and rely less on our human tendencies. And the assurance of His promises only goes on to tell us that all will be well. He is building our character .

      though i think that in our testimonies as members of the body of christ, we need to start dwelling on spiritual achievements, breakthrough revelations, of Gods promises, than material accomplishments. i have been to churches where if there was nobody who got a job during the week, or bought a car, or got a new home etc, there would be no testimonies…. but everyday, every minute that we inhale and exhale, God is doing mighty miracles that we should continually give Him thanks for. We should even thank Him when we are bent, or nearly broken, because that is when we draw close and walk with Him.

    3. Rebecca on May 16th, 2011 11:43 am

      Thank you, Coralie, for sharing your experience and those great words of encouragement. We are grateful you made it through the accident without being hurt worse.

    4. Rebecca on May 16th, 2011 11:49 am

      Thank you, Stan, for those timely encouraging words. I agree that we need to share–and recognize–all of the different kinds of testimonies. God is always building our character, through the good times and bad. His purpose is indeed to make us more like Him, and that through all things we can bring honor to Him. Every day is truly a miracle, just to be alive! And we never know who needs the words that we share. Through our difficulties, God not only draws us close to Himself, but enables us to comfort others later who have gone though similar things. That’s why I’m grateful when others comments on my blogs–because their words may help encourage someone else!

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