Concerning that phrase, “a bruised reed,” a reed is something that grows tall and straight. But if it is bruised, it loses its straightness. It loses its strength. Most people would just throw it away. But Jesus does not break a bruised reed.
There are a lot of bruised reeds among us. Because of experiences in your past, you don’t have the strength; you don’t have the confidence; you don’t have the ability that you need. You are a bruised reed. Somebody else might crush you. But Jesus will not crush you. Do you know what He will do? He will heal you.
Then we read the phrase, “smoking flax.” Of course, in the old days, people used lamps fed with oil and wicks. When a wick wasn’t really working, it would give out smoke instead of giving a clear light. That is a picture of a lamp going out. Many people would just take that wick out and throw it away. But Jesus restores the wick.
As you read this, you may feel like a smoking wick. You really can’t give out a clear light because there are problems in your life that inhibit you. Jesus isn’t going to throw you away. He is going to restore a pure clear light to you. That’s just what Jesus does.