This was originally posted on 6-14-14
Ephesians six talks about the armor of God. It’s a very good metaphor used to equate the Word’s defenses, spiritually speaking, in military terms. There is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the boots of the gospel, the shield of faith, the helm of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. These are all good.
But what about exhaustion and fatigue?
What happens when the belt of truth doesn’t seem to hold everything together anymore? Or the breastplate of righteousness begins to weigh you down? Or when the boots are too heavy for you to lift up your legs? How about when the shield and the sword are too much of a burden to wield, and the helm keeps your head downtrodden?
I’m not question the power of God’s provisions; I’m asking about the humanity behind brandishing the divine articles granted to us.
The Bible even records that Jesus Himself had to withdraw from the multitudes—from His own disciples—to pray; to revitalize. Jesus…needed time away. Jesus…needed rest. Why do we not realize that we are no different?
The Armor of God is great, when you are in a place where you can effectively use it. But discernment is needed to understand when we need to battle against principalities and powers and when we need to rest. Sometimes we need to be the prayer warriors and sometimes we need to be the focus of the prayer warriors. This is a true understanding of The Church. After all, was Saul’s armor a help or hindrance when David faced Goliath? There is a time for every season under the sun.