In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
(Ephesians 6:16 ESV)
Why would I feature a concept image from the upcoming Captain America movie in a post about faith? Is it another example of my immature fixation with superheroes? Maybe. Is it evidence that I need to spend less time reading comics and more time studying commentaries? Probably.
But in my defense, I was reminded of the need for the shield of faith as a weapon in the fight of faith. Lately, I’ve had days of feeling troubled by worries, anxious thoughts and doubts. Why can’t I overcome that weakness? When will that problem be solved? How will these financial questions be answered?
It felt like my faith was under attack. Like I had a bull’s eye on my back that was loaded with flaming arrows shot by an unseen villain.
Fortunately, God has provided Christians with protection. It’s armor fashioned by the captain of our salvation (Heb. 2:10). And no, I’m not talking about Captain America. I’m talking about God himself.
So, I’m holding up the shield of faith. And I’m standing.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
(Ephesians 6:13 ESV)
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