picking up my armor
We have this tendency to think we are invincible- untouchable to the point of disregard for consequences or outcomes. I’ve heard it many times, angry parents, frustrated teachers, misunderstood friends, all wondering why someone they love acts as though nothing can touch them. Sometimes bad things seem impossible to those that are out of reach. Naivety, is a common title for this mindset.
But then I was asked this question: “What does it feel like, to believe in God?”
I thought about this concept of convincing ourselves we are invulnerable in times nothing is wrong. Then, I thought about that same question, and why I asked it before I found my faith.
Believing and knowing God, means having an enduring armor- everlasting. It means I have a strong defense always, protecting my heart from the fear and grief that is so tempting to fall into it. It feels like I am undying, laying in the hands of my Lord.
We have a reason to feel invincible. My belief means I have no reason to be afraid of what could happen, what is happening, or what has happened in my life. I can walk around day to day knowing that I have an armor that nothing can penetrate. That doesn’t mean I won’t feel pain, or bad things won’t ever happen, it also doesn’t mean I won’t feel the fear or the anxiety, it means I am well taken care of despite all those things.
I have comfort and assurance that my soul will remain intact regardless of what the enemy tries to throw at it. My flesh may be bruised, I may feel pain, I may shed blood, but my faith will stand protected. A belief in God means I have a purpose beyond the evil of this world. That makes me untouchable.
Ephesians 6: 13-18
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God