A Roman soldier would hold up his shield to protect himself from arrows. The shield was probably four feet tall and a foot and a half wide. It was made of wood and leather, with pieces of metal at the top and bottom. A shield would have been the Roman soldier’s greatest defensive tool against his attackers.

How You Can Use This Piece of Armor

Your faith serves the same purpose. The devil will try to wound you by throwing lies, accusations or other negative ideas at you. The “flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 3:16) can come in many forms, so it’s important to know your faith in God will keep these arrows from wounding you.

A way to grow in trusting God is to begin each day by taking a few minutes to remind yourself what is true about God and what is true about you. Finding a verse or two you can meditate on throughout the day will help trust in God become your natural response to any situation. This is like taking up your shield for the day ahead.