A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Today, as I was writing in my prayer journal, this passage came to mind. It’s a very familiar passage to many of us. But today, I found something new in it. Look at that first sentence.
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
It is He, God, who makes the following armor characteristics possible. Who opens our eyes to Truth? God does. Who makes us righteous? God alone. Who gives us peace that comes from the Good News of the Gospel? God again. Who draws us to have faith in a God that we cannot see? Yep, God. Who makes salvation available to us as a free, unearned gift? Absolutely God. And who gives us the very Words of God? He does.
I’m humbled and awed every time I find this occurrence in scripture. God takes the lead, and we have only to follow in obedience. Do I need to be proactive in my faith? Definitely. That is part of being in a relationship. But I also need to remember that God initiates everything. He doesn’t have to do it, but he chooses to because he loves us. Isn’t that a beautiful truth?