Day 6

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” – Ephesians‬ 6‬:11‬ NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The image that this passage evokes to me is pretty impressive. When I read it, I immediately think of a medieval knight, standing before his squire and horse, dressed head to tow in hundreds of pounds of armor and weaponry. Just think of the time and effort that it takes to cloak oneself in that kind of protection. Back then it took two people for crying out loud! Waking up every day and dressing to this degree, just to stave off the devil, sounds incredibly overwhelming. Thankfully, the armor of God, unlike an armor of steel, is easy to don. We don’t even need a squire to help dress us, we have the most powerful being in the universe.

Luckily, taking a stand against the devil’s schemes often doesn’t even require armor. More often than not his schemes are little slices here and there, little passive aggressions, micro aggressions, that build up in us or are directed at us. He then tempts us to let them out into the world as a way of hurting others or ourselves. The armor in these kinds of cases doesn’t need to be a hundred pounds of metal. It can be as simple as a kind word, an anonymous good deed, a gentle reminder that you love someone. It doesn’t even have to be as action packed as this verse implies, putting on and taking a stand. It can be as passive as sitting quietly with a friend in their time of need.

Even so, there is a lot of action in this verse, it speaks to the fact that there are times in life when we do have to ready ourselves for the proverbial battle in order to push back against the devil. Thankfully, that is not always the case. As I sit here writing this I am in my study, in quiet solitude, the warm air from the heating vents blowing across the floor, watching the first snowfall of the year fall quietly outside my window. Birds bounce from bush to bush frantically searching for food. It was 80 degrees a few days ago and the warm weather brought hope that Spring was on its way, bringing new life with it. But now that the cold has returned it has created a renewed urgency that Winter is still with us. In these moments life slows down, and the slowness brings quiet, the quiet brings peacefulness, and the peacefulness renews. It is in these moments I can’t help but think that by doing something I enjoy, alone in a place of comfort, watching life and the world go on around me, I am putting on the armor of God for another day.

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