Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.
There’s the normal day to day struggles and difficulties we all must face. And sometimes depending, we can get well sidetracked in that, hopefully learning from such experiences how to do better. The ordinary day to day worries Jesus mentioned. Sometimes that can morph into “the evil day,” or for whatever reason we get slammed into or we descend into such. Those can be times when we feel that our bearings are all but lost. When we feel more or less completely at a loss. When we can’t make much heads or tails about anything, because all is dark, or at least dim or harder to see like at dusk.
What we need is God’s word to us in Christ here: Stand firm. We do so not in our own strength or in our own resources, but in the power and resources God provides for us in Christ and in the gospel. We take up, in the words of the passage above (click above for entire passage), “the whole armor of God,” every part. And we refuse to back down even when feel like turning tail and running. We face it, believing God is with us in Christ, and that God’s word in Christ along with all that comes with and because of that will prevail. So, we stand firm.
Something I have to be reminded of from time to time. And all of us need to rely on when the going gets tough not just in our individual lives, but as community, too.
In and through Jesus.