“Stand firm then
with the belt of truth
buckled around your waist”
Paul is describing the armour of God to be worn by all God’s people. The first piece of equipment to be put on is the belt of truth. Buckled around our waists it is central to our life and living –and so much else will depend upon it.
There are two complementary strands to this belt of truth. The first is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ and in Scripture. Day and night we need to be clothed with the Word of God to keep us safe from the lies of the enemy, to feed and strengthen our faith and to guide us in the way we live.
The second strand is that of our own sincerity and integrity. As people of the Truth we are called to be those who live truthfully and honestly at all times and in all areas.
There may be times in life when we need to ‘tighten our belts’ as we face some particular challenge. This would mean holding on to a central truth – rather like Paul when he said that,
“I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
This belt of truth worn at the centre of our being reminds us that we are to
“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11)
Is my belt secure and strong – or are there holes in it?
Lord God, as Your redeemed and beloved child, help me to embrace the truth with delight, and seek to make it a part of my everyday life to You honour and glory. Amen.