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I’m Going to Need a Bigger Shield
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
web posted August 29, 2005

There is a classic scene in the movie Jaws where the three courageous men have set sail in search of the shark that has been menacing their area. As the dutiful sheriff is casting chum upon the water, the mammoth shark surfaces bearing its teeth in all their frightening glory. Not only is the sheriff startled but in seeing the size of this shark, he realizes they are greatly under supplied and says, “I think we are going to need a bigger boat.”

This lesson “hit home” with me one day when I was in college. I happened to be home on garbage day and went down to bring the cans up from the street. It had snowed which is probably the reason I so readily volunteered to go retrieve the cans. As I slid down the driveway, I noticed some hearty lad had built a fort out of snow on the other side of the street.

The moment I bent over to pick up one of the lids I got nailed by a snowball. I thought to myself, “This means war.” I was determined to wreck vengeance upon what I thought was a single assailant. I made a snowy projectile to be used in my retaliation and as I drew back to hurl the sphere, up popped, not one, but four little monsters each armed to the tooth with much larger snowy projectiles of their own. I immediately devised a battle plan for personal defense. I reached down and grabbed a trash can lid to use as a shield.

My retaliatory throw was somewhat off and I was left without any further ammunition. Suddenly, the four heads reemerged and they all threw their frozen projectiles in unison. As I watched the four snowballs approaching their target at the same time, I thought to myself, “I think I’m going to need a bigger shield.” It hurts to get by that many snowballs at the same time.

Isn’t life just like that. It all seems to attack at the same time and will always find some portion of our lives left unprotected because our shield is not big enough. The problem is not with the shield. Just like the trash can lid, it is strong enough to protect against the projectiles. The problem comes in the fact that we have a shield that just isn’t big enough to cover our lives. 

The Bible tells us in Ephesians chapter 6 that we are to take up the shield of faith and that with it we will be able to put out the fiery darts thrown at us by this world. So our shield is our faith in the Lord. My question is if I have faith, then why am I getting hit! Shouldn’t faith keep these things from causing such damage in my life? If the problem isn’t what the shield in made of, then what is the problem?

The problem is that my shield (faith) is too small to cover my life. I need a bigger shield. Faith is something that has to be grown. Our faith in the Lord is never stagnant. It is either growing larger and stronger through diligent attention or it is growing smaller and weaker through neglect. If I choose to neglect my faith I am leaving vital parts of my life uncovered and susceptible to damage. If I choose to exclude faith from any aspect of my life, I am leaving that area uncovered and susceptible to damage.

The Bible is very clear about growth. God knows we need a bigger shield each and every day. Life is a better aim than we are able to defend against or dodge. That’s why it just makes sense to strive to grow our shield so that our entire lives are covered. Let Jesus into every area of your life. The darts (snowballs) will come. Is your shield big enough to stop them before they cause significant damage?

Check out these verses:
Ephesians 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. I Peter 2:2: Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.

Growth comes by feeding. Feed your faith praise, Bible study, prayer, obedience to God’s will, fellowship with other believers, and worship. You will begin to notice that your shield is covering more than it used to and is defending against more of life. That, my friend, will cause you a great amount of relief and joy.

Dr. Myers is Pastor of Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station Alabama and a former Youth Minister of Sweetwater Baptist Church (1981-1986)
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