This week, I felt to post something from my personal studies in the New Testament. Reading in Ephisians 6, I was struck especially by the following passage
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
This excerpt comes from Paul’s oft quoted analogy of the Armor of God, which I have heard many times. This time I read the passage, the words of verse 12 seemed to take on a whole new meaning. Growing up, I’ve had a pretty easy life. I have been blessed to suffer few great temptations and challenges. Yet, as I embark on the journey that is the rest of my life, living on my own at college, I find that there are many new challenges. The challenge to wake up in the mornings and get to class, when no one but yourself is compelling you to. The challenge to get out of the apartment and make friends with people. The challenge of chemistry tests with an average grade of 74%. The challenge of balancing schoolwork with keeping spiritually nourished.
The real challenges of these things lies not in the task, but in the temptation to shirk our duty to accomplish these tasks. It is very easy to let our flame of faith dwindle when worldly cares start to push ever more into our lives. We are not battling against a burly Roman gladiator, but against the mighty warrior of Facebook. Distractions and temptations abound.
Yet, we are not alone in this battle. We have the whole Armor of God to help protect us. We can pray to our Father in Heaven and ask him to help us know how to best bear our trials. Let us put on the breastplate of rightousness and gird up our loins with truth that we may triumph over the wicked forces in this world.