One of the great things about fall is the high school football games. A couple of Fridays ago was Robert's first home game. The girls and James and I were excited to watch the game.
The one thing about playing football is that you can't play the game and not expect to get hit. Even the way the players are dressed makes it clear that everyone has to be ready to be tackled. You can't get on the field without the pads and the helmet. It is just part of the plan. It is amazing to watch the football players take hit after hit and get up and keep playing. They can do this because they have the mindset to get ready for the hit. They have gone through the conditioning and they are wearing the right equipment.
Paul writes in Ephesians 6 that we are all on the team and we need to get ready for the game. Only this is more than a game, it is a war. And so he leads out with "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." He prepares our mindset by telling us in advance that we are going to have to get ready for the hits from the devil. He tells us to be strong, get conditioned and be ready for the struggle. Lastly, he tells us to put on the uniform, the armor of God.
Sometimes, I forget that life is not a picnic but rather a battleground. We can make it if we can be "strong in the Lord" and in the "power of His might". We are not left alone to fend for ourselves. Christ lends us His power and strength. We can survive and win the challenges because of who stands with us.
Reading for Day 21