“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
I’m studying the Armor of God, and in particular the Shield of Faith this week. I think every person who claims to be a Christian should do a deep study of this important passage in Ephesians 6:10-19. Each piece is vital for different reasons because the enemy has so many different ways to attack us. The Belt of Truth strengthens us from the inside out, giving us the ability to deflect lies and half-truths that look right, but miss the mark. The Breastplate of Righteousness protects our heart from the enemy’s onslaught of lies about who we are. The Shoes of Peace enable us to stand firm in the harsh terrain of this world. The Helmet of Salvation protects our mind, the devil’s favorite target. The Sword of the Spirit is our only offensive weapon – but the Word of God is all we need to send Satan scurrying. And then there is the Shield of Faith – a vital protective piece.
“Faith” gets used a lot in churches and Christian circles – so much so that I fear it has lost it’s meaning. In the modern Christian culture, we say we have faith because we think about God and talk about Bible verses. But biblical faith is not just sitting around with our ethereal thoughts. By definition, faith is a belief that leads to a corresponding action – even when the reasons for that action are unclear and the results are uncertain. Mind you, faith isn’t “blind” either. It sees the improbability of what God is asking. Faith does it anyway. “Because You said so” (Luke 5:5). Faith allows us to step out into the empty space, confident that the solid ground God promised will be in place when our foot sets down.
What has God asked of you that requires great faith? Obedience to His call is your shield. Do the thing whether you understand the reasons or not. Do it when it doesn’t make a bit of sense. Do it even though you can’t see the outcome. If your knees are knocking – do it afraid, but do it. Then when God slides His hand in place just as your foot reaches the open space, you will stand on the most solid ground you’ve ever known. Have faith Beloved. Just do it.