In our Bible class last Sunday morning we were discussing the “whole armor of God,” detailed in Ephesians 6. We spent some time talking about the spiritual realm, which is beyond my comprehension. How, exactly, does Satan roam the earth? Who all, exactly, make up the “cosmic powers over this present darkness” from verse 12?
We also spent time with the specifics of the pieces of armor: The belt of truth, which holds all things together. The breastplate of righteousness, which protects from the kill shot to the heart. The helmet of salvation, which guards our minds by giving us an assurance of eventual victory in Christ.
It was at some point during this military focus that I realized something about the foe on the other side. We were talking about ammunition in the realm of military usage. That’s when it hit me: Satan doesn’t care if he hits you with scatter shot or a sniper bullet as long as he hits to kill.
Here is my take away from that: that’s why God, in His wisdom, armed every part of our body. He knows that Satan will use scatter shot to take out wide swaths of people. This may be in the form of cultural beliefs and norms that are contrary to God’s truths. It might be the birdshot of disappointment in people, laziness, or just being apathetic.
And then there are those times when Satan takes dead aim at you. He knows your weak areas, and like a sniper with laser focus, he centers his shot. It may be a physical temptation that has long been a struggle for you. It may be the loss of a job that shakes your faith. It might even be good intentions that are executed without the love of Christ in your heart.
And he doesn’t care! Satan doesn’t care how he gets you as long as he pulls you away from the loving God who wants to save you. So don’t let him get you! If you read all of those pieces of armor God gives us, you read that they can “extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (verse 16) and are designed to help you “withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (verse 13).
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
AUTHOR: Amber Tatum