Armour

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Armour

When preparing to care for patients with Covid-19 we are taught that first you need to protect yourself. It is unusual for one who works in health care to have to wear such gear in order to protect themselves rather than its primary use being to protect the vulnerable patients under our care. Even as others who work in many different areas of employment and even in leisure activities we need to wear suitable protective clothing to carry out whatever tasks we are engaged in. We ‘don’ or put on such protective gear in order to help or to serve to others, to carry out a necessary task, or even for many a dangerous tasks. Much care and attention needs to be taken as we prepare. Within the hospital we are encouraged to have a ‘buddy’ to check us over to ensure that we are adequately protected, protected in this case from an unseen enemy; a virus. This led my thoughts to much more dangerous unseen enemies that we all battle against, ones with eternal consequences (the world, The flesh, and the devil). Ephesians 6:12, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. These are very real and dangerous enemies that we all need to protect ourselves from, and God has given us our PPE (personal protective equipment). The passage continues to describe the protective clothing we are to don, and even the weapons we are to wield, Ephesians 6:13, Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Even while we are wisely encouraged in these days to ‘socially isolate’ ourselves for the good of others, we are never isolated from these spiritual enemies. Personally we must remain careful and vigilant, but we must also be looking out for one another as ‘buddies’ to encourage each other to stay safe and strong in the fight against the common enemies we all face. While I encourage you to read the whole passage, the one item I seek to highlight is the Word of God. When tempted, when tested, and tried this was the defense our Lord used. In all the uncertainty of life, we possess a book that is stronger than the very foundations of the world we stand upon. What a personal source of strength, comfort, wisdom and protection we miss when we neglect His word. We thank God for the encouragement and challenges we receive from His Word every day and we long for the time when we can meet again as a fellowship, with joy, around His Word, in common fellowship, worshiping together, and witnessing to God’s grace and mercy to us in every circumstance of life. We must not let this isolation break our common fellowship together or with God, a fellowship which was purchased by blood. So while we all endeavor to continue serving God, each other, and to reach the lost, we need to remember to make sure we are fully dressed and protected in the armour of God, fully trained in the use of God’s Word, and as each piece of PPE is put on with prayer, may we know in these days what it is to be true warriors of prayer and of the Word!