Sports—putting on "the whole armour" of God's care

While I was watching what appeared to be a rather hazardous rollerblading competition, my memory raced back to a time when my children were just as enthusiastic about skateboarding. We even drove to a large city to purchase the headgear, the elbow, wrist, and knee guards, and so forth that common sense required in order to ensure safe landings! But more necessary, we felt, was the recognition of God's ever-presence with us and of our safety in Him. The acknowledgment of this fact is always the best protective measure and not something to be minimized or disregarded.

Lifting our thoughts in prayer to God, good, enables us increasingly to rise above the belief that harm is possible to God's children and to prove that we are never defenseless! Prayer equips us with the certainty of the divine power with us. The supposed vulnerability of man to accidents can be challenged with prayer based on an understanding of God's allness. This understanding acknowledges the enduring presence of good, and man made in God's likeness—safe, complete, wholly spiritual, and spiritually whole.

Wisdom is one of the wonderful qualities of God that is ours to claim as His image and likeness. "Put on the whole armour of God" is Paul's advice for a sure defense. And he continues: "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:11, 14–17). Righteousness, peace, faith, and so on, are qualities that have their source in God. They are natural to us and available at all times.

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Unfailing grace
October 21, 1996

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