“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist”.
Eph 6:14 NIV
His belt is a vital component of a soldier’s equipment. These days it is a thick, strong canvas piece with a large, strong brass buckle. It helps to keep the trousers up, but fastening it firmly round the waist the man feels strong, well-fastened, and ‘together’. It gives a soldier a feeling of personal security. It has to be cleaned on a daily basis and the brass buckle also needs to be polished.
The belt or girdle in Paul’s day was a leather strip. It was used to grip the tunic tightly round the waist. The soldier’s sword was attached to it. This gave him freedom of movement and a feeling of confidence. Buckling it up meant he was ready for action. Paul saw this as symbolizing “truth”. Jesus had brought the truth. He was the truth of God and the truth about life. His coming made God transparent to all people who would believe in him. All other faiths seemed superficial and shallow next to Christ. But the Christian was under attack from many quarters and the believer needed to know what he or she believed about this Christ whom they had never met.
One of the strongest defences for a Christian is still the knowledge of the truth about Jesus Christ – why he is regarded as the Son of God, what his crucifixion means, how his resurrection provides an ongoing companionship, and what we mean when we say that he will come again. The more you know about Jesus, the stronger your faith will be. So buckle up with as much truth as you can absorb.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to be confident about the truth of Christ .