“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Col. 1:16-17
In jail, there were none of the normal distractions of life, such as working, eating, taking care of the cat and house, baths, washing clothes and dishes, following news and sports, exercising, social media, cooking, shopping for groceries, and even going to church.
But I had to reassure myself that God was in control. How can we be content and not full of anxiety in stressful situations?
“All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
In Christ all things consist. I leaned on that truth from Colossians.
Hebrews 1:3 says Christ is “…upholding all things by the word of His power…”
‘All things’ include the courts. God was over the judicial system, and the entire legal process. God is sovereign.
Christ is over every atom and action in the universe, including courts in Montgomery County, Alabama.
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1
God also is over every person. Each politician, judge, ruler, whether working for the light or for the darkness, exists from moment to moment according to God’s will.
We can be at peace in the light of these truths. We can trust God.
I could trust that I was in jail in accordance with God’s will.
Satan needed God’s permission to wipe out Job’s children and take his possessions. God also allowed Satan to torment Job physically, but not take his life.
Lessons from Scripture enabled me to accept incarceration. It was not easy or without a struggle. My blood pressure was high when I was admitted and stayed high the whole week.
What about my freedom?
There wasn’t $10,000 on hand to spring me out. The judge sentenced me to jail until $10,000 was raised to set me free. How was I to come up with the money while sitting in jail? My family didn’t have it to give to me.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
I had to give the problem over to God, humble myself and let God solve the dilemma.
Christ cares for me in jail, right now, I thought. I should cast all my many cares upon Christ, like handing Christ a debt and trust that Christ would take care of my worries.
The act of handing cares over to Christ was not new at all. I had entrusted the Lord with my eternal destination. I trusted Him for my salvation from eternity in hell through His shed blood for the payment of my sin debt.
“…and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Heb. 9:22b
This was just jail, here on Earth, and a temporary matter.
And that shed blood redeemed me, set me free from sin and hell.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…” Eph. 1:7
What was the price?
“…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
In comparison, only $10,000 was needed to redeem me now. A pittance!
In addition to caring about me, Christ is with me. He knows I am in jail.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt. 28:20b
More than His knowledge of where I am, God’s hand is upon me, directing my path, ushering me along. God hedges us in behind and before, King David writes in Psalm 139:5.
“O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.” Psalm 139: 1-12
Where can I go from Your Spirit? David asked. ‘Nowhere,’ was the answer.
God is everywhere.
Even inside cement walls and cells in Montgomery Alabama, God is in jail.
God uses trials in our lives to draw us to Him. And to make us realize what is truly important in life, and to Him. That is understanding and knowing the Lord, the Bible says.
“But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.” Jer. 9:24