When you start playing football, one thing that takes some getting used to is all that equipment you have to wear. Running around in a helmet, shoulder pads, and other protective items feels awkward and clumsy at first. But soon it all becomes like a familiar friend providing welcome protection. When a football player suits up, he relies on his equipment to protect against a dangerous opponent.
As a follower of Christ, you have a different kind of dangerous foe—a spiritual enemy who seeks your downfall. He is referred to as Satan or the devil. Fortunately, our Lord has provided us with protection from him, and He challenges us to suit up.
Ephesians 6:13 says, “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.” Paul then describes our armor—helmet, breastplate, shield, sword, belt, and shoes. They represent relying on the Bible (v. 17), praying (v. 18), and telling others about Jesus (vv. 19–20). These are important pieces of armor. So suit up! The battle is on!
The average weight of all the football gear you have to put on to keep you protected on the field is about twenty pounds. By contrast, a hockey goalie’s stuff weighs about fifty pounds!
Just You and God
I know I need you to protect me. Help me learn more about the Bible and how to live for you.