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)
Wednesday, February 24
The other day someone who was going through a difficult season said to me, “Chris, I don’t understand. I have great faith. Why is this happening to me?”
I understand what it is to have those kinds of feelings. There are times when we’re going to feel that way, and it’s good to be honest about it.
But we’re not given a shield of faith as an insurance policy against ever being in a battle. That’s like a police officer saying – “I have a bullet proof vest - why are they shooting at me?”
Police officers have bullet proof vests because it’s likely they’re going to get shot at. It comes with their line of work. They’ve got the vest because they’ll need it.
We’re given a shield of faith precisely because we’re going to need it.
What’s worth noting is that the kind of shields which the apostle Paul was referring to. They were designed to link up with other shields so that a group of soldiers together could form a wall of defense.
We’re venturing into a battle. The enemy’s going to bring the fire.
Link your shield with others and stand your ground.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016
by Chris Seidman