I was wandering around the Army Navy surplus store looking for a good deal on something. I was open to what that might be. They tried to interest me in some body armor—a bullet-proof vest. It was a camouflaged vest with multiple pockets and places to attach my survival gear. Wearing that vest, I could face down the bad guys when all of the bad stuff starts to happen. What stuff? You know robbers, looters, zombies, that kind of stuff. Here, try it on. It’s only $140.00. It’s like new. I looked it over. They were right. I did not see any bullet holes anywhere on it. Of course, this particular vest must have been worn by someone bigger and probably in better shape than I am. It reminded me of a Bible story.
You remember the story of David and Goliath. David volunteers to challenge the giant Goliath in a death match. Everyone stops laughing when they realize that David is deadly serious. The well-intentioned king decides that David needs to wear the best armor available, so David puts on the king’s armor. It’s too much, too big and too heavy. “David tried walking around, because he was not used to them. …I cannot go in these. . . So he took them off.” (1 Samuel 17) David used his own armor: faith in God, a slingshot and a stone. I remembered the lesson, be true to who you are; do not wear someone else’s armor.
God provides the custom-fitting armor that each of us needs for the spiritual battles that we face every day. “Put on the whole armor of God,” admonishes Paul in Ephesians chapter 6. Hiding behind someone else’s armor will never work. Face the day ready to meet the test, not with bullets, guns or even body armor, but with the grace and strength of God’s love and power. When all the bad stuff starts to happen do not be afraid, for our God is with us.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Wear your own armor. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.