2008-03-03 - What Do I Need with the Armor of God?
Part 3 - The Breastplate of Righteousness
The second portion of the armor Paul mentions is the breastplate of righteousness. (Ephesians 6:14) In Biblical times, the breastplate was made of leather, and covered with metal to protect the chest area. Regardless of what we are facing, the breastplate of righteousness can give us confidence.
I can recall a time when I needed some protection, and fast. It seemed my home and health were attacking my checkbook and me. A microwave exploded, a clothes dryer and then blender needed maintenance assistance, and I had an abscessed tooth - all within weeks of each other. I wondered what had I done to deserve this. I put on the full armor of God, didn't I? I may have said it between putting globs of toothpaste on my brush, but did I really mean it? Did I understand what I was asking?
I relied on primitive living skills while the microwave, blender, and clothes dryer were incapacitated, and went through the joys of a root canal. It was frustrating, and on a given day, I wondered what else would go wrong. Once I started to turn my attention to the things in life that weren't broken, the temporary inconveniences didn't seem so overwhelming. I readjusted my breastplate, knowing that God would help me survive the situations that came my way.
Lord, today is another opportunity to wear the breastplate of righteousness, and I choose to wear it. Thank You for guarding and protecting me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.