Ephesians 6:13-17 - 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breast plate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
I can't tell you how many times I have read these lines and been inspired in my personal battles. How many times I've come back to this verse when I was feeling beat up and lost.
There is so much information in this passage, and I for one have really not gotten past the metaphor Paul used and gotten into the practical application of the verse and what it teaches regarding how we should live our lives so that we are prepared for the battle we live in.
Verse 13 - Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes
So that when the day of evil comes...not in case the day of evil comes...so that when it comes.
1 Peter 5:8 - Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
When does the day of evil come? It's most likely to come when we are at our weakest. When we are tired, when we have suffered loss, when we are least prepared to deal with it. No matter when, it will come and the point of putting on the full armor of God is so that we are prepared for it. We don't pull out the armor of God on that day...we put it on now and live it. So that when that day comes we are prepared.
My plan is to dig deeper into each of these verses over the next few weeks. God Bless