2008-03-17 - What Do I Need with the Armor of God?
Part 5 - The Shield of Faith
"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:16 NIV)
The fourth piece of our armor is the shield of faith. It covered a solider's full armor, offering full protection against the fiery darts of Satan. What do your darts look like? Impatience? Doubt? Low self-esteem? In order for life's darts to miss us, we have to hold up our faith in the Lord.
In Psalm 59, David tells about his time on the run from King Saul. David wasn't seeking help from men, weapons, or his own strength. He was looking to the Lord to deliver him. This faith in God was the same faith that helped him stand against a giant that others were not willing to face. (See 1 Samuel 17:31-51) Like David, we too can know that God will intervene when our lives seem to be unraveling. All we need is faith--but that's not as easy as it sounds, at times.
Faith is not something tangible. We cannot purchase it at a convenience store or online. It's a belief that God, our Creator, is powerful enough to be trusted to do what's best on our behalf. "For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right." (Psalm 84:11 NLT)
Lord, Today I pray the words of David. You are my strength. I will sing praises, for You are my defense and my shield. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. (Psalm 59:11, 17)