November 20, 2021
Mountain View District
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
DevotionI’ve worn glasses for 20 years. At age 30, my computer screen suddenly became blurry, and I was diagnosed with CVS, not the national pharmacy chain, but Computer Vision Syndrome. As the name implies, CVS is caused by looking at computer screens for prolonged periods of time.
Thankfully, my glasses help protect me from the worsening effects of this syndrome. I liken them to armor, specifically the shield of faith in the armor of God that the Apostle Paul wrote about in Ephesians 6:16.
Without my glasses, my mind instantly becomes flooded with worry that my eyesight will get extremely worse, so you might understand my panic when I recently lost my glasses. I never lose my glasses! How on earth could this happen? Did my dog scarf them from my nightstand and hide them? Why aren’t they nestled in the secure location where they normally rest overnight? How could I be so careless?
I quickly put both my husband and son to work combing through the house, searching under the bed, on all the countertops, even in a pile of dirty clothes! But nothing.
It was a Thursday night when my glasses went missing, so work on Friday was quite a challenge without my optic armor. On Saturday, while frantically searching and continuing to worry, I stopped and said a prayer.
“Dear Lord, if it be your will, please let me find my glasses before I go back to work on Monday.”
Within minutes, I started folding a basket of laundry, and there they were! They had fallen off the bed and into the basket where they stayed for two days until I said that simple prayer.
As I later reflected on the words of my prayer, I remembered that I didn’t ask for my glasses to show up immediately. I just wanted them before I returned to work. And perhaps one of the most important lessons learned was that I had to do my part by folding the laundry that had been neglected in that basket.
What laundry are we neglecting in our lives? What armor have we misplaced? How quickly can our issues be resolved and our blessings abound if we stop all the frantic searching and worrying, and we say a simple prayer for God’s will to be done?