When life is going well we feel that God is with us, watching over us, guiding us, blessing us. We feel the God of love’s presence and offer up thanksgiving for His role in our life. When life seems a little bit sideways or the struggle comes to our little corner of the world, then often we wonder where God is. The answer, of course, is that He is just as close in the trial as in the smooth sailing. But for some reason our natural inclination is to assume God has abandoned us when life gets challenging.
Paul encourages us to put on the full armor of God. By doing so we will be able to stand firm in times of trial. The fully prepared Christian has truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God word. To put these on means to use and train with them each day as a Roman soldier would with his shield, sword, and armor. If one does not train and practice daily, one is not fully prepared when the challenge arises. We need daily practice of the disciplines of faith so we are strong and ready when the battle comes our way. If we are diligent each day, we will be ready all the time.
When the waters get a little rough it is not because God has left the building. It is because Satan has entered and stirred up the waters a bit. In this moment we can flex our spiritual muscles and fall back on our training. We can draw strength from God’s promises of salvation and peace. We can gird ourselves up with truth and righteousness. We can live strongly in our faith. The full armor of God will allow us to withstand the devil and put him to flight. Stand firm in the full armor of God today!
Scripture reference: Ephesians 6: 10-20