We have a lot of construction going on at work this week. Our roof is being replaced. It is crazy, hectic and loud. The end result will be great but it’s a very busy time right now. A gentleman came in to the bank today and said we all should be wearing hard hats. We laughed of course, and he is probably right. The more I thought about the idea of a hard hat the more I realized we all need a good hard hat to get through life. Our world is a dangerous place. Every bit of evil is vying for our attention and our dedication. We read about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6 and how we must be prepared to stand firm on God’s promises in this world.
A week ago, I was telling a friend that everything was going so well with our family and our jobs right now. People are happy and productive and making strides on whatever path they are on. The next day, literally, Trenton and I were both so sick we could barely carry on a conversation (and that’s saying something.) Sidney was having an issue with a couple friends that was both devastating and hurtful. It literally came out of the blue. My van ( the Silver Bullet) started having weird issues of it’s own. Brian was having a very stressful work week.
Please realize, I know that my mentioning that everything was going so well did not trigger these events. That is not how God works. Yes, God allows things to happen to us in this life. But, He did not flip a switch and allow the storms to roll in when I mentioned how great everything was going.
We need to wear a hard hat in this life for sure.
We have a God who is strong and mighty and yet He is able to empathize with us in our weaknesses and fears. We need to protect ourselves from the world whatever it throws at us by preparing our hearts and minds. We need to be studying God’s word and meeting Him in prayer ALL THE TIME. There is no stronger defense than God in us, fighting our battles.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Yep! We definitely need to put our hard hats on.