Posted by: kathryngraves | October 5, 2012

Stand Your Ground

“Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

When our son, Phil, was a child, our family lived in the Texas hill country. One day, we discovered a snake in the bathroom. Phil decided he would “get” the snake. He volunteered because I was afraid to even enter the room with the creature crawling around in the bathtub.

The first thing he did was spend a long time getting ready. When he emerged from his bedroom, he wore his dad’s cowboy boots (which came up over his knee-caps), a plastic fireman’s hat, his winter coat, ski goggles, and gloves. He called the outfit his “snake-wrangler suit.” He also brandished a golf club with which to snare the critter.

The only trouble was, Phil couldn’t muster the courage to enter the bathroom, either! At first, I tried hard not to laugh. But noticing his discomfiture, I gave up and left him alone to his work, claiming a need to fold laundry. I couldn’t hold it in any longer and didn’t want to belittle his attempt at bravery.

There were three problems with Phil’s snake-wrangling effort. He didn’t wear the proper attire, he didn’t stand his ground, and I failed to go in with him, or even to back him up.

We have the proper attire for wrangling the evil that comes our way. The specific pieces of armor and their functions are listed in Ephesians 6:11-12. If we will make a conscious effort to put them on, we will be able to stand strong in tough times. Deuteronomy 20:1-4 tells us the reason we can be courageous: “The Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you . . . to save you.” (v.4) Charles Swindoll says about Ephesians 6:13, “Effectiveness – sometimes greatness – awaits those who refuse to run scared.”

In difficult days, the ones nobody else understands, stand your ground, my friend. The Lord fights for you.



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