Dinner Topics for Friday
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.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~Ephesians 6:12-17
Outfitting for the Epic Journey
“Above all, taking the shield of faith. . .”
One taking a long journey has more peace of mind if properly outfitted. Saint Paul outlines the elements best suited for the epic journey called life. (Ephesians 6:11-17) It is easy to take our feet for granted, until they hurt. Having your feet well shod, therefore, is vital. Without this preparation, it is futile to expect to walk the long road, or even to be able to stand firmly.
Next is to be girt about with truth, and have on the breastplate of righteousness. Obedience to God is the habit of a free man. This obedience makes a good breastplate, because it protects a heart which is soft and teachable, which is humble and submissive to the divine will.
When you put on the helmet of salvation, you are taking on the name of your Redeemer. If, wherever you go, you always remember Him, the Spirit will never fail you, and you will never forget who you are.
Now, above all, taking the shield of faith. But with all this, how will we see where we are going when it is dark?
Gordon B. Hinckley spoke of earlier days when he worked for the railroad, and he wondered how the engineer, traveling at such a dangerous speed, could see into the darkness. Then he realized it was not one long journey, but rather a constant continuation of a short journey. The engine’s powerful headlight could brighten the way for a distance of up to 500 yards. The engineer could see to the edge of the light, and that was enough, because that headlight was constantly before him through the night, until the dawn.
He explains that in like manner we proceed on our eternal journey, one step at a time. We travel into the unknown, but the headlight of faith always lights the way before us. If our faith keeps that light bright, we will never walk in darkness.
Copyright 2010 © C.A. Davidson
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