Criminal defense attorneys spend a career losing. Most criminal defense clients end up making a deal because most did it. They did something wrong and the prosecution can prove it, most of the time. Yet, the defense attorney is tasked with zealous advocacy to ensure that due process is adhered to. Without a zealous defense bar, there is no freedom for anyone as the presumption shifts from innocent to guilty.
A career in which the majority, by a large percentage, of your cases are going to produce what could only technically be called a “loss” could be frustrating without perspective. Despite the end result, the system, your client, the Constitution and your own integrity demand you go to the courthouse and ensure the best possible outcome. At the same time, you can’t own the results. Go to work, but don’t squeeze the need to control the outcome.
“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.” (Psalm 31:19-20)
David writes of the exceeding goodness of God in this Psalm. He tells of God’s protection and blessing. God will provide and protect those that the watching world knows are His. He will prevail on their behalf as an effective advocate when they are reliant on Him as their protection.
We have stuff to do day in and day out and there will be conspiracies against us. The question will be whether or not we rest in God’s protection or attempt to protect ourselves. Will we be seen by the world as full of the peace of the Lord because He is our advocate or will we try to win every case ourselves? Will we try to squeeze the need to control the outcome or trust Him?
We are called to purpose which requires our effort in agreement with the One whose purpose it is. We are not, however, called to own the outcome. When the world sees us owning the outcome, they don’t see any God in our lives other than ourselves.
Just like a criminal defense attorney, we need to be zealous about the tasks of our day. We have a job to do but we don’t have a result to control. We work hard, be about the task and then trust the results to the promises.