Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
My seven year-old got a crossbow for her birthday.
Yes, you read correctly – a crossbow. Okay, it’s a plastic crossbow that shoots foam darts, but for a moment you thought I was either the most negligent mother ever or the coolest mom in the neighborhood, didn’t you?
Today, let’s look at the shield of faith: a piece of spiritual armor meant to protect us from a very real threat and an enemy who wants to burn us to the ground.
For a Roman soldier, the shield was the first line of defense. It went before him into battle, deflecting the enemy’s blows.
What do we hold up against the enemy? Against his lies, the doubt and fear he wants to sow in our lives, against his temptations? What goes before us into an unknown future? Our unshakeable confidence in a known God.
Our faith isn’t just a warm and fuzzy feeling. It isn’t a kind of positive thinking or the blind hope that everything happens for a reason.
Our faith has an object – the Creator and Ruler of all things. The Holy One who spoke the world into existence. The risen, conquering, soon-returning King Jesus. He is the object of our faith.
With the shield of faith we’re not just dodging the enemy’s fire, we’re not ducking as his arrows zoom past. We’re quenching Satan’s fire. Faith robs the enemy of his power over us.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4 (ESV)
Our faith in God overcomes the world, the flesh and the devil. It gives us victory in every circumstance.
When we put our faith in the right place, Satan’s fiery arrows become no more than foam darts, piling at our feet.