Why Have You Put on Armor?
By Don Ruhl
If you read Ephesians 6.10–20, you will discover that you have put on the armor of God, whether you realize it or not. However, why do you put on armor? Is it not to fight?
Goliath asked Israel a similar question, “Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, ‘Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me’” (1Sa 17.8). He then proposed an agreement and defied the armies of Israel (1Sa 17.9, 10).
Why did Israel line up for battle, if they would not go down to fight Goliath? Fear struck the heart of every Israelite, paralyzing them from doing what God Himself would help them do.
Has fear paralyzed you from doing what God said He would help you do? If so, pray for courage and then do what you have to do.
Finding a Lost Valuable
By Don Ruhl
Probably most of us find it easy to understand the woman whom Jesus said lost a coin (believed to be part of the ten coins indicating her marriage), and she cleaned out the house, looking everywhere for that coin. When she found it, she was happy, and told her friends and neighbors about it, wanting them to rejoice with her (Luke 15.8, 9).
I misplace things all the time. It might be my glasses, my pocket knife (which I still have not found, but have replaced it), and countless other things. It is frustrating, because you know it should be easy to find. When you find it, it is a good feeling just like the woman in the parable.
However, the point of the parable was this, “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15.10).
When a sinner repents, do you rejoice as when you have found a lost valuable?