As the armadillo, with its impenetrable shell, is still vulnerable to attack on its underside, we too are vulnerable to the devil’s attack when we forget to put on God’s armor. Let’s remember to wear it every day, every hour, every minute.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
We need to wear God’s armadillo-like armor
While visiting relatives as a young child, I was fascinated by a basket displayed on a desk. Made from an armadillo shell with tail curled for its handle, it seemed as strong as steel. Later, I learned an armadillo’s hard shell is skin made of bony plates that cover its back, head, legs and tail. The nine-banded armadillo is the only species living in the United States. All others, ranging from three ounces to 120 pounds depending on the species, live farther south in warm climates.
Dogs and large cats prey on them, trying to force them into flipping over so the enemy can feast on the soft underbellies. But most armadillos try to avoid this by digging with their sharp claws into the soil to keep themselves upright. The ones in America also can roll into a ball to prevent attack.
God provides armor for Christians, too. Paul wrote that we should “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil …” (Ephesians 6:10) He continued, “Stand … [girding] your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith … the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit ….” (verses 14-18)
Paul compares a Christian’s armor to that of a soldier. A more natural comparison might be that of the armadillo. How can we emulate such a creature? By daily digging into the soil of God’s Word through study, meditation and memory. Then we can keep our armor in good shape and remain upright in faith. We don’t want weak spots for evil to penetrate. A life filled with Christ should have no vacancy for the devil. Through God’s Word, prayer and fellowship with other believers, our armor will remain strong. His truth will penetrate our minds. The righteousness we have in Christ will see us through both good times and bad. Our faith will grow into assurance of our salvation. With God’s armor, our minds will be renewed daily.
Lord, thank You for the impenetrable armor You offer. Keep us as strong as the hard shell is for the armadillo. In Jesus’ name, amen.