A shield is defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as “a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm that provides protection”. Did you put your shield on this morning?
The world we live in is our daily battleground. We are faced with ethical and moral choices at every turn. We are living in a world of extreme competition in business, in our personal lives, in our finances, in our appearance, in almost all that we say and do. We live in a world where the daily headlines are filled and overflowing with news of murders, assaults, slanderous attacks, grid-locked government unwilling to work together, financial decline, stranded at sea cruise ships, battles over gun control and so much more. It’s enough to make one want to cower in a cellar and hide from the chaotic movement that fills much of our world today.
God does not want us hiding from the chaos and challenges of our world. He tells us to live in the world but not be of the world. So how do we do that? How do we protect ourselves from the evilness that seems to be abundant? God has our answer. He tells us through the great Apostle Paul in Ephesians to put on the armor of God. One piece of that armor is the shield.
…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. – Ephesians 6:16
So you may ask, where do I get a “shield of faith”? Faith in what or who?
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5 KJV
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Psalms 18:30 NKJV
As children of God through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, we can enter this world ruled by Satan without fear. We can trust our God for the perfect answer in any situation. We can trust that He is protecting us in all circumstances. He is our shield and He gives us peace in the chaos of the world.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.
I know Christ dwells within me all the time, guiding me and inspiring me whenever I do or say anything. A light, of which I caught no glimmer before, comes to me at the very moment when it is needed.
Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 3/7/2013