Stand Firm

 

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.                                                                                                                       Ephesians 6:13 (English Standard Version)

 

The old battle cry, in the days of armor, was “Gird up your loins for battle”. Soldiers literally had to put on heavy armor before they went off to battle. Battle then was typically grisly face-to-face, hand–to-hand battle, and if you were not properly armored, you stood little chance of survival.

The battle Paul talked about in Ephesians was against evil. The battle most of us think of these days is against the unseen evil of a virus. We understand that this is a battle. We need to be prepared, armed and armored to defeat it. But at times we feel so helpless, and therefore, frustrated. So, I take heart from this passage.

Do all the things you are supposed to do. Take all the hygiene precautions that are appropriate and important. Help friends and neighbors to the extent that you can. Support local merchants to the extent that you can.  Be honest with how you feel and think, and share it with others for support and encouragement. Be aware of the internal battle for the mind that evil always triggers. Wrestle with God about how we should respond. In other words, do all the things you can do to battle and deal with this virus!

Having done all that, stand firm. You have done what you can do. Allow God to do what you cannot do.

Prayer: Lord, give me peace where I find no peace, and help me to stand firm, knowing that you have the answers I do not, Amen.

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