“above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
The Roman shield was made from bonded wood strips and covered with leather. The shield was not flat but semi-circular so that any missiles thrown at the soldier would be deflected to one side. Iron or brass rims fitted along the edges of the shield, and a leather strap fastened to the back. The shield had a metal projection in the center which was used to stun or wind an opponent, easing the soldier’s subsequent strike with his sword.
For this reason, the shield was both a defensive tool and an offensive weapon.
The shield of faith not only defends our whole body but also our armor. It keeps the darts of the enemy away from the head, chest, waist, arms and legs. No wonder the Bible says we should have it ‘above all’.
The shield of faith has a very specific function, which the Bible makes abundantly clear: quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Not some of them but all of them.
The shield moves with the attack. A skilled soldier can use the shield to hold back the darts of the enemy no matter the direction they come from. When the shield is down the other weapons are exposed.
In the book of Psalms, David compared the protection of the Lord to a shield.
Psalm 3:3 “But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”
Psalm 18:35 “You make Your saving help my shield, and Your right hand sustains me; Your help has made me great.
Psalm 7:10 “My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.”
Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”
Our shield is God and faith is what the Holy Spirit dropped into our hearts when we received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour. Faith is what allows us to call God our Father.
In Ephesians 6:16, Paul said that a Christian’s shield was faith. Faith is taking God at His word without having seen the visible evidence
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Putting on the shield of faith involves holding fast to the word of the Lord and watching the Lord defend and fight for us.
Proverbs 30 “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
II Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.”
Each of us will face difficult situations and temptations of the enemy at one time or another. Satan can cause us to doubt God and by succeeding, gain temporary victory over our lives. Faith prompts us to believe in God.
I John 5:4 “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
What does wearing the shield of faith then means?
Your faith will grow stronger as you read God’s Word and see how He has sustained believers in every imaginable kind of difficulty.
Taking up your shield of faith implies that we are not in the fight alone.
2 Chronicles 20:20 “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”