February 6, 2019
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. – Isaiah 42:3
Amy Carmichael worked for fifty-three years in South India. She wrote, “The poorest shepherd boy on our South Indian hills is careful to choose, for the making of his flute, a reed that is straight and fine and quite unbruised. But our heavenly Shepherd often takes the broken and the bruised, and of such He makes His flutes.”1
Often as God is molding us to fulfill His calling, we may feel unqualified. Perhaps the circumstances of our lives have left us broken and bruised, and we are tempted to think that makes us unusable. Yet God can make “flutes” out of what looks hopelessly flawed to us.
Here are some examples:
- A man considering suicide because of a business failure was given a Gospel tract. He prayed and was saved and became a pastor.
- A marriage was broken by gambling and bitterness, but turning to God brought restoration and full-time Gospel service.
- A couple was heartbroken when their daughter drowned, but they answered the call to the mission field, and hundreds of souls were saved as a result.
- A woman’s life was ebbing away with cancer, but God healed her and showed her the need to witness to lost souls.
- After being in and out of prison for years, a man in solitary confinement called out to God. The Lord radically changed his life and set him free to go and tell others about the deliverance God offers.
The secret to God working His miracles in our lives is that we must be yielded to Him. We must allow Him to take our bruised and broken “reed” and shape it to create a “flute.” We must believe that He has all power and loves us completely, and that what He does with our lives will glorify Him. One step at a time, we need to follow Him.
Are you discouraged? Do you need God to work in your life today? Look up to Him and remember that He makes flutes of bruised reeds.
1. A Gentle Spirit Devotional Journal, compiled by Ashleigh Bryce Clayton, September 4 entry.