I’ve been doing a study on the Armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-17 and have been struggling with the concept. You need armor for protection during battle, and for me, the study has had a strong note of fear, defensiveness, and fighting. But, that is not what we have been called to at all, “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear.” (Romans 8:15) So, what was I missing? As I pondered, I was reminded of David, going out to fight Goliath. (1 Samuel 17) He was just a child, and the king offered his own armor for protection as David went out alone against the giant. David had never worn armor, and was very restricted by it, so he refused. His armor was the truth of God, and the knowledge that God had led them to this place and would be with them in it. So, he went out with 5 stones and a sling. That’s it. This armor isn’t something covering our fear and our fight. It is releasing us from the burden of all the things we put around us to protect ourselves that aren’t nearly as effective. It is the armor of peace and strength that goes well beyond all understanding. Not that there isn’t anything to battle, but if we have the right armor on, it is impenetrable.