The Armor of God: Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16 (NIV) in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
As children of God, we are covered in His righteousness and shielded by faith in Him.
If we already have the breastplate of righteousness, why do we need a shield of faith? The breastplate covers the shoulders, chest, abdomen, pelvic region, and thighs. It provides a great deal of protection for battle. In addition to the breastplate, the Hebrews had two types of shields available. One type of shield was small, light, and easy to move to block blows, arrows, and other projectiles. The second type soldier’s shield or coat of arms was large enough for the complete protection of the soldier. He could crouch behind it to be protected from the enemy’s arrows and missiles. Some arrows were tipped with poison, while other arrows were tipped with a combustible material to cause fire where they landed. I won’t speak for you, but I wouldn’t want either type of arrow to touch me!
Although we may be unaware of it, faith is often a routine part of our day. When you step up to the sink to wash your hands, you turn the faucet handle or wave your hands for the sensor, and water begins to flow. When you flip the light switch, you expect the light will turn on or off. When you start your vehicle by turning the key or pushing a button, you believe the internal combustion engine will roar to life or an electric motor will hum. (We like to joke that our hybrid vehicles should play the song “It’s a Small World,” written by the Sherman brothers, when in all-electric mode. Then people would hear us coming!) While we have been conditioned to believe these results will occur, it is still our faith in practice. I cannot see how the electricity gets to the light but that doesn’t prevent it from occurring.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary defines Christian Faith as “the rich inheritance which the Holy Spirit has given to that one supreme faculty of their souls, the faith which is the evidence of things not seen.” The Holy Spirit gifts us faith as a divine revelation of God’s character. When we envelop ourselves with God’s character, we are wholly surrounded by His holy presence and protection. Each one of us has been given a measure of faith. It is our job to develop this faith by reading the Bible, learning more about God’s character, and memorizing Scripture. The more in tune we are with God, the more we can sense His head-to-toe protection.
Romans 12:3b (NASB)…as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.