A Reed Shaken by the Wind?

I was moved today by Matthew 11.  This chapter begins with John sending messengers to ask if Jesus is really the Savior that had been prophesied or if there was another to come and ends with Jesus calling John the greatest man ever born of a woman.  There is great mercy in Jesus’s reaction.  (This was John who saw the Holy Spirit come down like a dove and the audible voice of God say “THIS IS MY SON WITH WHOM I AM VERY WELL PLEASED!”  Hello???)  He could have called John weak.  He could have commented on his faith. Instead He clearly states that John is not only unshaken, but He is a man greater than a prophet.  The truth was that John was shaken.  But God looks at the heart of a man (or woman).  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

When a test makes you stumble, when a fast makes you cheat, when a crossroads makes you doubt God’s voice, do not be ashamed.  God does not see a reed shaken by the wind.  He sees you strong as you are IN Christ.   In Matthew 11, Jesus says that even the least of these is greater than John the Baptist.  He sees the motives and the root of the questions in your heart, and He is eager to perfect these motives & answer these questions.  It’s okay to ask Him when you feel shaken.

“God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.” — Smith Wigglesworth


  1. Oh, great word tonight, Lauren. Reminds me of this verse. We are those bruised reeds, and how he loves us and treats us so tenderly in all our weaknesses.

    A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
    In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
    Isaiah 42:3

  2. I think, that the parable refers to John as a Voice in the wilderness. A lone beacon of the time.

    John, the baby moved in the womb, Sarah his Mother and Mary met.

    He came to prepare the way.

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