Faith is described as a shield in the Bible. “Above all” of our spiritual armor, this piece we are to take up. It protects us from “all” the fiery darts of the wicked one. Anything that our enemy will throw at us in effort to make us stumble can be thwarted by our faith in God.
Ephesians 6:16 “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
As I stood worshipping God with my newborn in my arms, trying to get her to sleep while my other daughter was napping so I could nap, I asked the Lord how having faith could help me get through all that I am going through in life right now–from having my second child, to having to move in a month and a half, not having a place to go nor a new job for my husband when his ends in 2 months. Then, the Holy Spirit whispered this verse into my heart. It is through faith that I am going to overcome all of the challenges that I face in this difficult time.
For several months, I knew I’d be moving and my husband needed a new job. As time passed, I had a lot of peace in my heart because of my faith in God’s goodness towards us and His faithful provision. It literally felt like a covering for me, just like a shield. Trusting that God has a plan for our family, that He takes care of our needs and that He knows what He is doing even though we don’t has been true comfort to my soul. This was how I took up the shield of faith to overcome so far when we needed a sense of security and direction.
However, when our second daughter came and new challenges arose with a lack of sleep, hormonal changes of just having a baby and the presence of our loving 2 year old who, in the midst of coping with her transition, has been pushing the boundaries we set for her, I would have moments where my joy or sense of hope and trust felt like it was taken away.
But when I receive the voice of the Holy Spirit telling me to above all take up my shield of faith so I can overcome the struggles and challenges of this transition, I am restored through the covering of my shield. My trust in God to overcome every situation while maintaining my joy and peace is restored.
The enemy fires darts at us in all shapes and forms. Through uncertainty, feelings of hopelessness, sorrow, confusion, doubt in God’s goodness and love towards us and so on. The list of ways we are shot at with darts is endless. Our enemy truly does not want us walking in all that God has for us and all that we are in Jesus, our glorious kingdom identity. We are given a shield of faith though and can be victorious. Will you, together with me, above all take up your shield of faith through the challenges of life?