Many Christians have a misunderstanding of the Armor of God. We often fall prey to the belief that the armor of God is a simple belief to prevent attacks from the enemy. This idea is in no way accurate. In fact, the intentions God has for this aspect of faith are quite the opposite. We must first look at what the scripture says. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11). The text does not say, “put on the full armor of God so the enemy won’t attack you.” It tell’s us to take a stand. Meaning, the equipment provided through God’s love is not Satan repellent. They are tools to be used in times of battle to fight back against the enemy’s approach.
Ephesians 6:14-17 tells us, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As we read this text we notice that each piece of equipment is given to protect different parts of the body. I believe Paul was informing the church in Ephesus about the importance of preparation. The different parts of the body (feet, chest, head, etc) are symbolic for different areas of your life. When the enemy strikes, he does not immediately tear apart your whole life. He starts with small areas of your life with intentions to spread like wildfire. Satan might start with infringing your relationships, causing families to turn on each other, or even stepping in to your job and causing problems in the workplace. Whether you are a Jesus follower or not you will always be attacked. The enemy’s goal, is draw people away from Christ. When we study God’s word and spend time in prayer, we prepare ourselves for struggles, hardships, and failures that are used by the enemy to direct our focus off of Christ. “Putting on the armor of God” simply means to prepare yourself for everyday life. The broken world we live in will try to tear us apart time and time again. However, those who are spiritually prepared and trust God’s provision are able to “stand firm”.
Lastly, we notice in Ephesians 6 that the front part of our bodies are protected. But what about our backs? What about when Satan comes from behind like he does a lot of times? I am comforted by the idea that there is a reason the backside is left wide open. GOD HAS OUR BACK. We can study the Bible and pray all day, but if we do not have faith that God has our best interest, we give up on the very one who never gives up on us. We are blessed to serve a God who is absolutely for us. We may have to faithfully fight the battles we face with the truths from God’s word. But the ultimate battle has already been one. Through the power of the cross, God made himself able to be the ultimate fortress. As life seems unbearable and unfair as pain and suffering swallows our society by the masses, we may rest in knowing God has our backs. He has already defeated the battles we can not see. Psalms 34:8 tells us this: Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
I pray you are encouraged and continue to seek God’s will.