Protection for the Game

By Twila Belk

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 6:10-11, NIV).

The group of eager nine-year-old little leaguers huddled around the pitcher’s mound. It was the first practice of the season, and Coach Chuck was reviewing the fundamentals of the game. After talking about the proper way to hold the bat and how to hit the ball, he asked the boys, “What does it take to win games?”

My son’s hand shot up immediately. “I know! I know!”

The coach pointed to him. “What’s the answer, Ryan?”

“A cup.” Not quite the expected response.

Coach Chuck wanted the players to know that runs win games, but I couldn’t help but be amazed at Ryan’s brilliant answer—one that leads to an important truth. Players need protection. They can’t be victorious if they’re groveling in the dirt, writhing in pain.

Coach Paul the Apostle understood this concept well. He was familiar with the opposition’s strategy of pitching fast balls, curve balls, knuckle balls, sinkers, and sliders, and he knew that protection was vital for the Ephesian believers’ team. So in his pep talk, Paul trained the players how to stand firm at the plate with their uniforms of God’s armor securely positioned.

Because we face the same enemy, Paul’s instructions hold true for us. With God’s mighty power at work—along with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness that comes through the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation all in place—it’s always a winning season. 

Now, how about those Cubs?

Thank you, Lord, for reminding me to keep my uniform of armor in place so I can stand firm against the opposition and be victorious.

Twila Belk, aka The Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, is a writer and speaker who loves braggin’ on God. Her latest book, a one-year devotional, is Raindrops from Heaven: Gentle Reminders of God’s Power, Presence, and Purpose

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