It was seven o’clock in the morning. Sitting close by in the doctor’s waiting room was a Little Rock policeman who obviously was getting ready to go on duty. I couldn’t help but notice the weight of all of his equipment. I remarked that he must really get tired by the end of the day lugging all that around (bullet-proof vest, gun, flashlight, night stick, phone, handcuffs, taser, etc). He replied, “It amounts to an extra forty pounds and I’m worn out at the end of my shift.” He continued, “I dare say every policeman on the force has back problems.” If a policeman is to fight crime he needs all the protection he can get, and this man was ready.
Watching fire-fighters on television, as they responded to a blazing inferno, I noticed that all of them had on protective clothing. I went to the internet to find the weight of clothing these men were wearing. Apparently it varies from sixty to seventy pounds. That is heavy! But if you are going to fight fire you need all of the protection you can get.
I thought about our young men going to war. These platoon soldiers average about ninety-one pounds of extra weight for their protection. Imagine, if you can, carrying all of that around in heat, cold, rain, and storm. But no one wants to go to war without all of the protection available. It’s a matter of life and death.
The Christian is engaged in a warfare more dangerous than any of these because it is not just a matter of the here and now, but eternity. Our very souls are at stake as we fight against “the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
We dare not go to war in our own strength. If we attempt it, we are doomed! Thanks be to God who provides for us with the necessary armor! Have you put on all the protection God offers? Have you missed anything? You will find a check list in Ephesians 6:10-20. Please read it, study it and compare it with your life. In Charles Wesley’s great hymn, Soldiers of Christ, Arise, he urges, “Leave no unguarded place, No weakness of the soul”
Make sure you are prepared, Satan’s attacks are sure to come! John Gipson – Little Rock, Arkansas