A few years ago Tim Challies started a little project he calls Reading Classics Together. It works like any book club — he picks a book, we read, blog and comment. It has proven an effective tool in helping many people persevere through reading some classic works of the faith. With Tim’s encouragement, I’ve read Holiness by J.C. Ryle, Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen, The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross by A.W. Pink, The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards (even though I read it about a year before Tim, I enjoyed skimming it again when he blogged it), and Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray. Tim has chosen his next classic for his Reading Classics Together project: The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes. This one has been on my I-Want-To-Read list of books for a long time. Years. I don’t know why I haven’t already read it. But now I have a good reason to go ahead. Though I have not blogged through each of the RCT picks, I’ll probably blog this one; I’ve heard it’s a treasure trove.
This book is a collection of sermons of Sibbes from Matthew 12:20, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law” (Matthew 12:18-21).
It can be a scary realization: to see oneself as that weak reed or the barely flickering wick in the hands of a holy God. Many times I’ve prayed, “Lord, I’m barely making it…I don’t know if I can do this.” But the Lord has been compassionate and merciful. He’s lifted me, fanned into flame something I thought had gone out. And because Sibbes wrote with the heart of a pastor, I know this little book has much to say about knowing our God who deals so tenderly with his humble children.
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