“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” —Ephesians 6:13-17
When exactly is the day of evil talked about in this verse? Is it some great and terrible day of the Lord yet to break on the horizon? Is it the day when the Antichrist is revealed, ushering in a great tribulation?
No. The day of evil is when you feel like dropping the shield of faith, unbuckling your breastplate of righteousness, kicking off the shoes of the gospel of peace, and throwing down the sword of the Spirit. This is the evil day.
You don’t need a great tribulation to feel you’re under attack. For you, the evil day may come when your reputation gets dragged through the mud or when the dog tracks dog-doo all over the kitchen floor and carpet in the hall. The evil day may happen when your pot roast turns to charcoal in the oven while you referee a fight between a few members of your family.
What are we to do on the evil day? Read again our verses for the day and you’ll discover that in the span of a few sentences, the word “stand” occurs at least three times. Stand firm in the Lord!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). Lord, I take to heart this verse today. Dress me in Your armor.