Put on the Whole Armor of God
“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, take 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.
Knights and Ladies at the Round Table
Prepare for your journey of life with the protective armor of virtue, especially the shield of faith.
Dinner Topics*Faith, Preparation, Virtue
1. Harold B. Lee said, “You must learn to walk a few steps ahead into the darkness, and then the light will turn on and go before you.” Give examples of when you have followed this principle.
2. How can we know when we are walking in faith, and not charging off impulsively?
3. Will God give us an answer if we don’t offer a plan?
4. Where does fear come from?
5. Is fear ever a just motivation for either action or inaction? Why?
Epic Journey Preparations