Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day Twenty-Two : Move, move, move (the Shield of Faith)

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  (Ephesians 6:16)

So we have taken up the Shield.  Now what?

Well, the Roman shield (or Scutum) was quite large.  Large enough to hide behind, but not large enough to cover your whole body while you were standing.

You had to actively move it between yourself and enemy attacks.

You had to be conscious of your shield, and keep moving it to where it was most needed.

In the same way, we need to be aware of the attacks that come against us, and be actively holding onto our faith, and putting it between ourselves and the attack.

“The world is telling me that … but I have faith that…..”

“Satan tells me that I am weak, but I know that I am strong.”

Where do you most need faith today?  Where is Satan attacking you?  How are you going to shield yourself with faith?

1 comment:

  1. Hi SB!. Thank you for the reminder that I need to hold my faith up to not just where I feel weakest, but where I am actually being attacked.

    Like I commented last week, I read your posts on this blog every day. This passage which you are explaining this lent has been brought to my mind a lot the last few months, and reflecting on the meaning of each point week by week has been good for me. These posts have been a blessing to me.

    Happy lent.