About four years ago my family decided to get our certification in scuba diving together. The course consisted of some challenging exercises, but the most challenging was navigating underwater. My sister and I were dive partners and were told that one of us would need to be the navigator (legit compass and all) and the other was responsible for making sure we were swimming in the right direction. You can imagine my confusion since there are apparently no google maps underwater!
My sister and I decided that we didn’t need the compass and we could probably make it to the destination without it. So we began the exercise and we were killing it. All I’m saying is Micheal Phelps would have had some competition. However, when we thought we had completely aced the test, well you know how that went. We were way off course and not even close to the right spot.
When I think of this story I often laugh at how naive we were for thinking that we did not need the one tool that was given to us to help us reach our destination. How many times in our lives do we think yeah I don’t need that compass, I don’t need to know what the Word says, I know where I’m heading, I’m going straight. I got this. I can do it on my own.
And then at some point the waves and the temptations start to ever so slightly turn us and we aren’t even heading straight anymore. But we don’t even notice until we’re up out of the water, so far off course, and we wonder “how did I even get here?”
Ephesians 6:11 says to “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.”
It is a battle both won and ongoing and we were made to fight, but not with our own armor and weapon. We are made to fight with the armor of our King Jesus.