One of my favorite passages of the Bible is one my mom had us memorize as kids. Ephesians 6:10-20 is famous for its description of the Christian as a soldier arming himself for battle. I was thinking in the car on the way to work about v. 16:
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
One of the biggest struggles I see college students facing is trust in God. Most of them don’t know what they’ll be doing after they graduate (or even at the end of the semester!). They also question who they will marry (or if they will marry), how they will get by financially, etc. While my career is planned out for the next three years (though subject to the will of God), I have many other questions about my future. It’s hard to shake off doubts about who God is and whether or not He is faithful to take care of me.
What v. 16 points out is that much of these struggles and doubts are due not just to our own lack of faith but to the devil as well. He takes full advantage of our weakness, and he would love nothing more than to see us crippled by worry and fear. From the beginning, he has asked us to question, “Did God actually say…?” (Genesis 3:1).
God calls us to respond with faith — if we trust Him, we will not fear. Ephesians contains a lot of encouraging teachings that are helping me to trust God. It is very clear from this book that God longs for us to receive the treasures of His grace:
…So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (2:7)
It’s my birthday today. I’m 23 years old now, and I’m just beginning to realize how much I need to learn to follow God. Today, I’m praying that God will teach me to trust Him as I look forward to the rest of my life. Whether I die tomorrow or when I’m 80, God will always be guiding me, and I can count on Him to pour out His grace on me.