For those of you in cold climates, you might not understand the significance of what I’m about to write. This morning it was cold in Houston. And by cold… I mean BRRRRRR. Cold. Well, I am a Texan, so it may not have seemed that cold to some…but to me, it was cold. Arctic. OK, well, maybe not that cold.
Anyway, I got dressed for work and was out the door on time. (Unlike yesterday.) Making a quick stop to get gas, I jumped out to fill up the tank and a gust of cold air blew through me. It.Was.Freezing. Had I dressed appropriately, it probably would not have seemed so cold. But when you decide to wear a lace top (um, did I mention I grew up in Texas?), it’s cold. After getting the pump going, I got back into the warmth of my car. I sat there trying to decide whether or not I should risk being late to go home and actually dress for the weather.
At 47, you would think I could see the temperature on my phone and dress accordingly. You would think. But as a Texan, in the back of my mind I’m always thinking it’s going to warm up, and then I’ll be hot. Even when the weather app says otherwise.
Isn’t that like my life, though? God gives me this amazing book that tells me exactly how to dress in Ephesians 6 –
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Yes, I’ve read that passage many times and have heard it even more. But do I really “dress for the weather”? The spiritual weather.
There are spiritual forces. Ones fighting for those who have asked Jesus into their hearts and ones fighting against those who have asked Jesus into their hearts. It may appear to be a person, a group, or a string of bad luck.
Satan wants Christians to believe that we’ve blown it. That we couldn’t possibly be used by God to do great things. Such a lie. But a lie I believe all the time. Because I do blow it. We all do, because we are human.
Fortunately this morning, I decided to go back.
Ten minutes later, I was wearing clothing that fit the cold weather, not something that would have been great for “cool” weather. And right now I’m thankful I did…because it’s still cold outside. Even with all the sunshine.
I need to remember to go back in the mornings and put on my spiritual armor, too. It’s much easier to do, since I don’t actually have to turn around… except in my mind. But too often, I do not.
God would not have told us about armor if we didn’t need it. And without it we are left in the cold. Open for things and people to “blow through” us. His laws are always to protect His people. Always.