Fog in the Midst of the Battle
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:10
Fog of war is defined as uncertainty experienced by participants in military operations. This definition perfectly describes what we commonly face in our Christian walk: uncertainty, confusion and fatigue.
Things get cloudy, affections waiver and we will often feel the pull to trust our hearts and instincts. I love the language Paul encourages us with, it helps to snap us back to the reality of the situation we are in: war.
Paul issues an imperative command here, he is ensuring that the reader realizes that it is their action and duty to “put on” the armor. We can do noting to add to the righteousness that is ours in Christ, instead this refers to our duty to arm ourselves for the battle we are in.
Time spent in the Word, in prayer and in fellowship will train us for life and godliness. God doesn’t will for us to experience chronic battle fatigue. Our responsibility is to know and to utilize the weaponry He has provided. That way, when the fog of war encroaches us, we don’t loose our footing. Victory can be had as we train ourselves to stand in triumph against all that would trip us up or slow us down.
Thank you, King Jesus, for the victory You won in my place. Help me to look to you during this earthly battle as I press on toward eternity. Amen.
Do you find yourself experiencing the “fog of war?” Are you trying to battle in your own strength?
Are you being vigilant to put on the full armor of God?