Faith for the Journey

 

Shield

Faith for the Journey

“Above all, taking the shield of faith……” Ephesians 6:16

            I heard whooping and hollering in the back yard.  I went outside to check on the noise and found my son having an imaginary sword fight with an imaginary foe. For his sword, he had a stick and for his shield he had the trash can lid.  It was an amusing sight as at age 6 the trash can lid covered almost his entire body. I asked him he wanted a smaller shield and he said, “No, this one covers me all up. The bad knight can’t get me then.” 

            What a great picture of the shield of faith that God gives us!   It can cover all of us: body, mind and spirit, and can “quench all the fiery darts of the devil.” (Eph. 6:16b) During these mid-life years, we often feel as if many fiery darts are thrown at us: darts of discouragement, doubt, fear, helplessness, and anxiety.  These fiery darts pervade these years of uncertainty. We must keep our faith strong to deflect the darts of doubt, lies, fear and discouragement. Hebrews 11: 1 tells us that faith is what gives us hope, and Romans 5:2 tells us that “hope does not disappoint us because the love of God is poured out in our hearts.” Keeping our faith strong will give us hope in God and His love which will in turn, help us overcome the disappointment in life.

            Renewing and maintaining our faith means getting into the Word. If you are going to survive and thrive during these difficult mid-life years, we must look into God’s Word for answers, encouragement, renewal and hope. Find ways to renew your spirit each day by getting in the Word, filling your mind with God’s encouragement to you, and resting in the goodness of Him.

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1 Comment

  1. Linda said,

    July 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Jo,
    The idea of a living faith really dovetails in with what I’ve been reading about Israel. We’ll have to get together for chocolate and a chat soon 🙂
    Linda


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