There have been many times in my long and illustrious career as a pastor’s wife where people want to engage me in a spiritual battle. I don’t mean a “forces of evil in the heavenly places” type of spiritual battle, but more of a “courtroom drama” spiritual battle. They want to be the prosecuting attorney and I, of course, am expected to be council for the defense. Who is on trial? Jesus!
We both have our expert witnesses–they have atheists and scientists with their worldly logic. I have a bible and a personal testimony of a woman who once was lost, but now is found. Their Exhibit A is a photograph of a suffering child in Sudan–a child who appears to be lost, forgotten and abandoned. My Exhibit A is both the indictment of 1 John 5:19: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one,“ and the promise of Psalm 37:10-12: “Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” I throw Psalm 103:6 in for good measure: “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.”
Everything I’ve said throughout the trial and in my closing argument is true. Can I prove it? Sadly, no. I can’t prove it to someone whose eyes are blind because they are choosing to believe the lies of the enemy. I can’t prove it to someone who is not seeking truth–someone who “lies under the sway of the wicked one.” In the end, it’s a hung jury and I will pray for another opportunity to present the truth.
But, as I said in the beginning, thankfully, I am not God’s lawyer–He doesn’t need one. He is the holy and righteous judge and is more than able to represent Himself. “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103:19).
I don’t want to be God’s lawyer–but I DO want to be one of His expert witnesses. I have a powerful testimony of His enduring love, forgiveness and sovereignty. Oh, Lord, choose me to testify! I will sing of Your love forever! The Lord has done great things for me and I am filled with joy! (Ps. 126:3)