Your Wounds Don't Define You
“But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV
A few years ago I was playing basketball and ended up getting hurt. The concrete I had fallen on had cut open my knee badly. My immediate thoughts were that I was going to have a big, ugly scar, which did not take to my liking one bit. I didn’t want to have messed up knees; I didn’t want anybody to see the scar that would become of this wound.
My dear Christians, I am telling this story because many of us have wounds we don’t want anybody to see. Maybe these wounds are physical; maybe these wounds cannot be seen on the surface. We could be hurting for many reasons…whether that be because of the pain someone has inflicted on us or pain from decisions we have made. God could very well be sending us through trials, but without His help we won’t be able to endure. Despite the circumstances around our pain, we know God is sovereign, and we must trust in His goodness.
We carry around this physical, mental, and emotional pain trying to cover it up with bandages until it eventually becomes a scar that we merely try to avoid at all costs. Scars are how the body tries to repair the wound, and my precious sisters, if we don’t plead on Christ for His grace during these times of painful hurt, we can never truly be healed from our afflictions. His grace is sufficient for us, and His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. He is our great Physician. What steadfast and almighty love the Father has for His children! Instead of hiding our scars, we must confront them with the cross. Pain does not define who we are, but our identity in Christ compels us to fully embrace God for who He is. He is a God who provides strength when we are weak, grace when we cry out to Him, and healing when we relinquish our hurt and begin to trust in Him. We need not fear when it comes to confronting our wounds with the help of Christ. There is great comfort, joy, and rest when we do so. He is glorified when we depend on Him. Come and find rest, my friends.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and caring for me. You alone are my strength and You alone are my Helper. I am weary, Lord. I am desperate for Your grace and for Your healing. Give me eyes to see Your power being made perfect through my weakness. Help me find rest and comfort in You. Amen.
Are you tired of carrying around hurt? Meditate on 2 Corinthians 2:9-10, and pray God would give you grace to be content in your weaknesses. Trust in His strength and be transparent with our God. His healing is forever freeing.