Thursday: October 29, 2020

Reference: Ephesians 6:10-20

Petroleum museum, Stavanger

When David volunteered to fight Goliath, Saul presented him with his armour (1 Sam 17:32-40). That was a message to say ‘to stand even the least chance of winning this fight, you need to be in an armour’. That armour would not have fit David well because he probably was quite different in stature to King Saul. He would have felt strange under this new piece of equipment as highlighted ‘he was not used to them’

We can compare this to fitting a dress or shoe, if the size is not right, there is imbalance. We tend to become more self conscious when clothes are involved and where we consider shoes, when the fit is too tight of too lose, walking might change with the appearance of a limp or a shuffle.

Yet, if the decision is to enter a battle with a full scale armour, then things have to fit things have to be in the right place. There has to be a complementation of pieces to ensure there is balance and everything holds together in place.

This is a key part of Paul’s words in today’s text ‘ Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph 6:11). Beloved, it is only the complete armour that presents the means to stand. In the presence of missing pieces, an opponent has the opportunity to exploit weakened spots and those left unprotected.

The armour we hear about today appears a complex mix, but it represents a necessary cocktail to stand against the wiles and plots of the enemy. Shortcuts will not cut it, part-armours does not work: only the full armour is ideal.


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