Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10-13)
Life is hard. There is an awful lot that we have to endure. Before March, in a “normal” week, many of us probably faced daily battles in our lives: illness, caring for a loved one, financial stress, distractions from the loud, secular, and social media-driven world. We were fighting for our families, for ourselves, and for our faith. Now, we are still facing those same daily battles of life along with all the challenges that have come with living in a time of COVID-19. In an unprecedented time and in unprecedented ways, many of us surely feel as though we are under attack like never before.
While it would be easy to give into the despair and hopelessness that may settle over us during these times of challenges and difficulties, Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, particularly his instructions to take up the armor of God, resonates for us today as much as it did for his audience two thousand years ago. Over the next couple of weeks, we will offer encouragement and reminders about God’s armor—the ultimate protection against our battles of life. No matter how big or how small our stresses, sufferings, and fights might be, Coronavirus or not, God’s love and protection is always available for us. In these challenging days, when so many of us are on the brink of despair, of giving up and giving in, of allowing our enemies and the devil to win, let us find strength, courage, and protection as we put on the whole armor of God.