Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Written by: Ian Rock
Growing up in Texas, we embraced the phrase: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” In the matter of a week, you would see high temperatures in the 70s one day, and lows in the 20s the next. In the spring, violent thunderstorms could appear out of nowhere, sending hail and tornadoes on unsuspecting communities. The best way we could predict the weather was to just assume it was unpredictable. Life can be just as unpredictable—unexpected hurts, loss, and surprises can come at any time, and turn a day with clear skies and smiles to darkness. This causes many people to embrace one of two common mindsets.
The first is that of fear. We over-prepare for the unexpected, avoid risk, and stay surface level in our relationships to limit the amount of potential pain we might face. These people live lives characterized by the status quo and playing it safe.
The second mindset leans more toward reckless abandon. With the idea that we can’t control what comes next, we spend, eat, drink, and enjoy life like every moment might be our last.
One way leads to being crippled by fear, while the other can lead to apathy. The Bible tells us that the storms of life will inevitably come our way. However, it also tells us that we have no reason to fear or to be caught unprepared. Ephesians 6 tells us some practical and powerful ways we can equip ourselves, just as a soldier would going into battle.
The reality is, we don’t just face potential strife with friends, family, and circumstances, but there is a clear spiritual opposition to God and His free gift of salvation in our life. Our spiritual enemy wants to use these hard life moments to cause our faith to waiver, invoke fear, and lead us to self-medicate. It’s not a question of if, but when these attacks will come. If we’ve put on our armor as today’s passage illustrates, we’ll be able to stand firm in the midst of the storm.
Thought of the day: Which outlook on life do you most typically default to- fear or apathy? What are some of the weak spots in your life that the enemy can cause you to retreat to those ways of thinking and living?
Prayer: Jesus, as I learn about the armor of God, allow me to see the ways in my life I can be better equipped for the storms and battles that will come my way. Allow Your word and others to encourage me to armor up each day, so that I can stand firm in my faith and the love You’ve shown me.