The days of jousting and fighting for the fair maiden are over, but armor-bearers were great supporters of our Old Testament heroes.
I was listening to a passage in 1 Samuel where Jonathan and his armor-bearer went down to the Philistine camp. They were tired of waiting for the battle to come to them, and went down to the camp and began wreaking havoc.
Jonathan asked the Lord to bless his efforts, and boy did He bless them. The rest of the Israelites were in catch up mode. Gotta love a good fight scene!
Each day we put on our armor, 1 Thessalonians says,
“But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.”1 Thessalonians 5:8
We have a reason to be confident – we have the power of Jesus living inside of us because we are saved.
The commissioning of our lives calls on us to be clearheaded. Our clearheadedness could mean different things, but we must throw off the things that hinder us or hold us back.
When we have a “clear head or mind”, we are able to rest in His presence. This does not mean that life is a breeze. As we saw yesterday, our lives have many paths weaving together our life-propelling moments, but also our regrets.
I think it’s interesting that God protects us with faith and love. As we witnessed in some of the recent protest events, faith and love would not have described some of the armor folks were wearing.
God is the king of juxtaposition. Faith and love protect us, turn the other cheek, and the list continues.
As you put on your armor today, let faith and love protect you as you walk with confidence in your salvation.
Prayer: Lord, every day we need your love and grace, but we also need your protection. You demonstrated your love with the cross. Help us to walk confidently day-by-day in our salvation, so we can share in someone else’s faith journey. Give us what we need for today. Amen!