Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Bruised Reed

This is a cancer update from Texas pastor Matt Chandler who I have mentioned here and here.

I post it here because at about 2 minutes, he reads from a book by Richard Sibbes called, The Bruised Reed. In essence Sibbes says that God won't break the bruised reed (Matthew 12:20), but that He will still allow the reed to be bruised...for the good of the reed! Chandler has gotten a lot of comfort out of this, so I want to understand and learn from this.

I've been thinking about this kind of thing a lot lately, especially what could be meant by that word, 'good' in Romans 8:28, but I think I'll comment more on that in another post.  Of huge help has been Jerry Bridges' book, Trusting God - Even When Life Hurts (especially chapter 8 if you have the book). This really deserves the strenuous thought that it sounds like it don't be alarmed at the smoke coming out of my ears....


  1. sounds like I would find this book a blessing (like many others from JerryB). How are you & Janie doing, brother?

  2. Hanging in...Janie still battles the cough so we get concerned about the connection of lung to chest of course. She's back on her regular chemo though and trying to be peaceful and still. I've been sick with flu and sinus for a week or so (yay for antibiotics!), so yeah, we're a little whipped right now! Thanks for your prayers.....