This blog post was originally posted in February of 2016 and was deleted because of a website hosting glitch.
As many of you know my wife, Victoria has a sentencing tomorrow morning in which she is facing 30 months in prison. Countless people have reached out to us to offer prayers, support and kind words. An online campaign by set up by a friend has had over 700 shares and has raised over $5,500 dollars in less than two weeks! Many have made known how unjust and terrible you feel with this situation is. Regardless of what tomorrow brings I would like to share some thoughts from the bottom of my heart.
1. God is sovereign.
To believe that God is not in control of every single circumstance that exists is to say that God is not sovereign. This is contradictory with scripture. Colossians 1:16 states "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." God is in control, he always has been, he never won’t be. The sea roars because God tells it to, the wind blows because God tells it to, the sun rises and the sun sets because God tells it to. The air that is in my lungs is there because God allows it, and my heart beats because God has willed it. The same God that is in control of every millisecond that has ever existed is in control of what happens tomorrow and in that we find comfort.
2. God still loves us
God never promised being His follower would be easy. In fact, He promised the exact opposite. He stated, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). This is not a call to prosperity and the easy life. This is a call to hardship and suffering. The cross is symbolist of suffering that ends in ultimate death. As the great theologian Rocky Balboa once said, “Life ain’t always rainbows and sunshine.” I believe life to be one big storm. The sun may shine at times, but the rain is coming. The wind is always blowing, it’s just fiercer at times. Victoria and I are learning to appreciate the storm and look for Jesus in the midst of it. God has promised us, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39). Affliction does not prove God’s lack of love for us, but rather validates our love for Him.
3. We still love God
Sadly, peoples love for God is often dictated by what God does for them. Our love for God is dictated by what God has already done for us. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Because of my sin I have a ransom to pay that I cannot afford. How incredibly humbling to know that God sent His Son to live a perfect life, amongst a fallen creation, to die a horrible death, in order to pay their ransom and set them free. I have physical life because God spoke it into existence, I have eternal life because God laid His life down on a cross and died for me. This is love that is truly indescribable and unfathomable. Regardless of what trials, temptations and afflictions come in my physical life, I will live eternally with the One who faced the greatest affliction and conquered all victoriously! For that, I am head over heels in love with God.