I like reading Our Daily Bread because it takes a little bit of our daily, normal lives and shows us how we can learn more about God through it.
As a kid, I never really gave much to ODB. I was given the little booklets but I didn’t really read it. I guess most of the things they talked about in the book never applied to an inexperienced kid. Now that I am older and somewhat wiser, it means a lot more to me.
As I was doing my readings, the posting they had up from yesterday really stood out to me because it talked about football. I like football. Wouldn’t it be cool if every sermon was football related?
Here is the story and message they had in yesterday’s lesson.
When I played American football as a kid, one thing that took some getting used to was all the equipment we had to wear. Running effectively in a helmet, shoulder pads, and a variety of other protective items can feel awkward and clumsy at first. But over time the protective gear becomes like a familiar friend that provides welcome protection against serious injury. When a football player suits up, he knows that his equipment is designed to protect him in battle against a dangerous opponent.
As followers of Christ, we also face a dangerous foe—a spiritual enemy who seeks our downfall and destruction. Fortunately, our Lord has provided us with protection, and He challenges us to suit up for spiritual battle.
In Ephesians 6:13, we read, “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Paul then describes our armor—helmet, breastplate, shield, sword, belt, and shoes. These pieces of spiritual equipment are effective only if we put them on and use them—even if they might feel uncomfortable at first. Faithfulness in the Word (v.17), in prayer (v.18), and in witness (vv.19-20) are critical to making our armor feel like a part of us. So suit up! The battle is on!
It’s always nice to be reminded that God will always be there to protect us. Especially now when there are so many temptations by the devil out there, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we can put on God’s armor.
There’s a lot of uncertainty in our lives and the anxiety that comes from it can overtake us. For me, my uncertainty is on my mind all the time. It’s no harm to worry about things, but when it starts to get too controlling, that’s when you have to call on God’s armor.
God’s protection will prevent these issues from overtaking us. The devil wants us to be taken down by emotions from stress. It’s when we’re at our lowest, the devil loves to throw more things at us to make us fall.
Putting on God’s armor is like a constant reminder that we’ll be protected. Whenever we’re faced with tough times, just putting that trust in God to protect us will get us through things. It does take a little getting used to. But when we’re able to get comfortable calling on God when things get ugly, that’s when we’re strongest.
Praise God for always having football pads for us when we go into battle. And praise God for football, where we can watch grown men throw their bodies at each other.
Unlike most of the men in this video, when we wear our God football pads, we can get right up and get into the huddle for the next play.