The Armor of God
Ephesians 6:17 (NIV) And take the helmet of salvation…
Would you drive a race car without a helmet? A helmet’s job is to protect the command center of the human body, the brain. Our brains ensure our bodies function optimally. If the head sustains a major blow, the brain may swell or bleed causing serious injuries like memory loss, reduced or loss of motor skills, or even death. While a helmet will not prevent all head trauma, if worn properly, it will likely diminish the severity. This is why hockey and football players, motorcyclists, race car drivers, and bicyclists wear helmets. Many blue-collar workers are required to wear a hard hat for protection. It isn’t as substantial as a helmet, but a hard hat will take a hit first.
God knows we need to protect not only our heads but our ears and necks too. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: a helmet may have flaps to protect the ears and neck. In battle, one swift stroke of a sword has the potential of severing the jugular or beheading the soldier. Anyone ever had a parent drag you by your ear when you disobeyed? Just the pressure of the ear being tugged is unpleasant. The flaps offer protection which provides damage control and gives the soldier time to react, and, hopefully, gain victory.
According to The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary: salvation is the crowning act of God. God’s redefining moment occurred when Jesus conquered death and secured our salvation through His resurrection. Jesus delivers us from harm and our enemies. Life is restored.
Hebrews 2:10-11 (ESV) For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.
Just as God is the Protector and Rescuer of life, a helmet acts as an important life defender. Through salvation, God adopts us as His children, which puts us under His shielding wing. He covers our lives with His Light, repelling the forces of darkness.
During some of the darkest times of my life, I have had a supernatural calm and peace that could only be from God. His safeguarding of my brain kept me centered on the tasks needed to get through each situation. Oh, I still cried and wondered what was next. However, shalom (peace) in my heart and mind gave me the strength to move ahead instead of being stuck in overwhelming emotions. Regardless of the outcome, I knew without a doubt it would be fine. Notice I didn’t say fun. Nothing is a surprise to God. With Him as our Protector, we cannot lose!