Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:8-10

We all have our past scars, and even present pains (tomorrow’s scars) that still hurt so excruciatingly today. It might be loneliness or anger or guilt or remorse. Whatever it is, He will take them from you and fill that void with an overflowing outpouring of His endless love and comfort…if you let Him. As the saying goes: let go and let God!

Just say it now in brokenness that “I can’t, Jesus, but you can. I can’t take another step…please lift me up and carry me!” And He will. He will show His greatest glory and strength in your weakness.

Just trust. Have faith and trust completely in His plans for you, His love for you to quench your loneliness or anger when it seems like no one else cares, and His comforting strength when you have none. Trust that He hears your every cry from the depths of your soul, and your most heartfelt desire for your life. He’s listening. We entrust the outcome to Him, while we strive to His glory in the now.

We are His servants. We faithfully and earnestly strive for Him. We sometimes stumble, but we’re not honoring Him—but instead indulging the enemy—when we wallow in defeat or frustration or self-pity or self-hatred. We honor Him as His servants by casting all our cares on Him (He can handle them all!) and running the race unemcumbered by our flesh failings.

We are so loved, not only by Him, but His children—our siblings—as well. We don’t live for victory…we live because of His victory already won for us! The enemy has already been defeated. Let’s live like it!