Faith is an odd word. It means so many things to so many people. To some it’s a loud, evangelist claiming to initiate someone’s healing. To others, it is another word for religion.
To me, faith has always been something a bit elusive. Faith is the belief in something that can’t be seen. I have spent much of my life suspecting that a better, brighter life is waiting for me if only I could BELIEVE! Whatever that means.
But I digress.
In this series, I’m looking at the armor of God, and how to use each piece in an everyday, practical way.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. “ (Galatians 6)
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Okay, let’s break this down. What exactly is faith? How does it act like a shield? Who is this evil one and why is this “evil one” throwing arrows at me. Hmm.
What is faith?
That didn’t help much. I know it’s a famous verse, and all, but it’s a bit vague. Let’s try the dictionary.
Merriam Webster says “firm belief in something for which there is no proof”
That’s better. So what do I believe that has no proof?
I believe in God.
I believe God loves me.
That’s it! That’s all I need to know.
That’s why faith is a shield. If I go into every situation knowing that God is with me and loves me, then I am protected. I am fearless.
I’m not sure about the whole fiery arrows thing. There are some things I haven’t completely figured out, like the “evil one” idea.
But this I do know: There is entirely too much negativity in the world. It’s everywhere. It’s in almost every word that is spoken, printed, and thought. Often it feels like the negativity is thrown at my head and my soul, like fiery arrows. I think some people even go into defensive mode when they encounter someone (like me), who tries to have a positive attitude.
In this case, it does feel very much like I am under attack.
But I am learning to be stronger. I am adjusting to my armor.
Let’s see what I have so far…
- I wear my belt of truth. Truth: God is Love. Love is all around me. This keeps me centered and balanced.
- I have on my breastplate of righteousness, which reminds me that although I may have scars from past mistakes, in the eyes of God, I am perfect and beautiful. That makes me brave.
- I tie the gospel of peace around my feet, so that every step I take will be calm. This soothes the people around me, dispels conflict, and scatters my anxiety.
- Now, I am holding in front of me a shield of faith. It reminds me that I don’t have to see something to believe it. I believe in a source, a force, a divine power that loves me beyond measure and without condition. This is my protection.
I Love you all!