THE SHIELD OF FAITH
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”-Ephesians 6:16
Among the equipment that God has provided for His people to wage their spiritual war against Satan is found “the shield of faith”. Faith is a marvelous weapon and it must be held before all the other pieces to protect the warrior. Faith is a simple, childlike trust in God. It is believing that the Lord will do what He has promised in His word. It is persevering, even when it seems that the world is against us, knowing that He is able to change our circumstance in the wink of an eye. Satan’s darts are fiery. They are sent without warning into our hearts and souls to destroy us and cast us down. Many times it seems as though the heavens are brass and our cries are not heard. Yet, faith tells us that God is still on His throne and though He may not be responding as we would like for Him too, He knows our way and will give us the grace we need for the trial. Many times we fail to see these fiery darts in our lives. We attribute the most grievous experiences to the world and chance. Let us see our enemy for what he is and what he is trying to do to us! If we fail to see the spiritual warfare in our lives, we are easy prey for the enemy. Surely, it is his arrows that disrupt the family, lead the child astray, cause the fears, the doubts, the lustful thoughts and the sore temptations from the world. We live in a name it, claim it world. People’s hearts are set upon the world and the false prophet will tell you that if you have enough faith you can have what you want. Just believe and be faithful. If you do not get it, it is your own fault because of your personal lack of faith. This is not the faith of the Bible. Yes, we read of the many victories of faith: Noah’s ark, Abraham’s sojourning, Sarah’s conception, Daniel’s den of lions and Moses’ Red Sea. Yet, in Hebrews 11:35-38, we read of “others”. Who were they? Their names are not given. Their testimony of faith is! They were tortured, not accepting deliverance, they had trials of cruel mockings, scourgings, bonds and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, sawn in half, tempted, slain with the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted and tormented. Did they have not faith? Could they not name it and claim it? These had the same faith as those we read of who won great victories. In my opinion, they had more faith. It takes more faith to suffer than it does to get and to win. Though they suffered, their faith in God continued, that He was in control, that it was for a reason and heaven was theirs. God gives a personal note concerning the value of their faith, “Of whom the world was not worthy.” Let us hold our shield in the face of our enemy when his fiery darts come our way and trust in the rock of our salvation!