Devotional Thoughts:

Dig Deeper

Do I have responsibilities to other men?  Are these responsibilities optional or are they my duty to fulfill?  One thing I do know is that we are a ‘band of brothers’ in a war!  The Bible tells us that we are at battle.  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12)

Satan is determined to win.  He is constantly shooting arrows of temptation in our direction.  I know that sometimes I see them coming, but other times they catch me off guard.  The apostle Paul teaches us that part of our armor is a shield: “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrow of the evil one.” (Eph 6:16)  Now don’t get all self sufficient, and think that all you have to do is be on your guard.  If you do that, you will soon be feeling that flaming tip.  The Bible is clear that we “are shielded by God’s power.” (1 Peter 1:5)

My Duty

A shield is an interesting tool for battle.  It is different than a sword.  A sword is used by each individual soldier to fight offensively.  However, a shield can be used to block the enemies’ arrows aimed at my brother or me.  The Roman army knew this well.  They used this to their advantage and fought in groups in order to shield each other.

So, do I have responsibilities to other men?  Upon reflection, I realize that these queries are not new.  God has heard these questions before.  And the answer is clear.  Yes, I am my brother’s keeper!


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