Happy Hump Day and welcome to today’s Wednesday Devotional! Today, we will follow up where we left off in last week’s Wednesday Devotional. I would love for you to read it if you didn’t get a chance to last week. Anyway, last week we talked about standing firm and getting our strength from the Lord. The scripture this week gives us some practical ways of how we can do it. Let’s dive into the scriptures to see what it says about wearing the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.
Ephesians 6:14: “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness…”
What It Tells Us About Truth and Righteousness:
First off, let’s start by developing an image in our brain about what a Roman soldier looked like in Biblical times. In your mind, what did an ancient Roman solider in his full armor look like? Check out some examples on my Pinterest. Also, you can check this one out if you need a quick visual.
The first thing Paul talks about here is putting on the belt of truth. Roman soldiers wore a belt, almost like a girdle to protect the lower part of their stomach, their private area and their thighs. Think of it as a sort of leather skirt made for protecting against the enemy stabbing them with their swords. It also had to go on in order to secure all the other pieces of armor in their proper place. Their armor was heavy, so this belt acted as an aid to hold everything else in place. It was one of the first pieces of armor the Roman soldier would put on before heading into battle.
Let’s take a closer look. What is the belt of truth?
Truth is a verifiable fact or principle. If we look back into ancient history, including historical documents outside of the Bible, we will find verifiable facts about the Bible and who it depicts this Jesus man to be. Jesus is not just a Man of the Bible, but a true historical figure, where facts back up the Man the Bible tell us about. History shows us Jesus was a sinless man. Therefore, His profession to be God was proven by the facts. Jesus died on the cross. History proves this fact. Many people were there to see His death and see Him buried in a tomb. Soldiers were put outside of His tomb to make sure no one got in or out. He appeared to hundreds of people after He rose again. Jesus is the truth, and since Jesus is God, we can conclude God is truth too! Likewise, since the Bible is God’s inspired Word and God is truth, we can also agree the Bible is truth too!
So now we understand what the belt of truth is, let’s put it on and stand (as we talked about in last week’s Wednesday Devotional) against Satan and his schemes by knowing the Gospel and having a relationship with God. We need to let our actions reflect the truth because it is at the core of us. Where is the core? In the center. Where is a belt worn? In the center. Let the Gospel be the center of your life and act as if it is in the core of your being.
Next the scripture says to “put on the breastplate of righteousness”. Again, visualize how a breastplate would look on an ancient Roman soldier. A breastplate covered the soldier from his neck down to his belt, both in the front and in the back. Not only did it come all the way down to the belt, it rested on the belt to provide some relief of the heaviness, which characterized it. It protected the soldiers vital organs. In ancient Biblical times, emotions were thought to be held in ones innards. Have you ever heard of having butterflies in your stomach? Well, this thought is how that saying came about.
Next, what is righteousness?
Righteousness means being just. Another way to put it is righteousness is holiness. We already established the truthfulness of the Bible, Jesus and God already and we understand history confirms the righteousness of these things, now we must have faith the Bible, Jesus and God are all righteous too. Furthermore, the Bible tells us Jesus died for us in order to give us His righteousness. Therefore, we are righteous, or holy, just like Jesus is if we believe Jesus is God!
We must start living like we are holy in the same way Jesus is holy. Will we mess up? Of course we will, but thank God for grace and forgiveness because as soon as we mess up, we are forgiven and made holy again. Just like I said in last week’s Wednesday Devotional, we have ownership in the matter too. We must live obedient to the Bible and the life God has called us to live. We need to ask for forgiveness and repent. It is essential for us to try every day, every hour, every minute to be holy.
So, in conclusion, put on the belt of truth and live like you believe it. Put on the breastplate of righteousness and live like you are Jesus!
God, thank You for being truth and for being just. Forgive me for choosing to stray away from the truth and not living close to You in holiness. Create in me a desire to constantly seek Your Word and grow in knowledge of the truth You have given me. Help me to always seek holiness instead of sin. In addition, put people in my life who will help me grow closer to You. I love you, God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What do you need to do to live more in God’s truth and holiness?
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing you next week!