Day Nineteen = Hard Headed
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2)
Looking further at the armor of the roman soldier, Paul referenced the helmet: “and take the helmet of salvation” (Eph 6:17a). Uncannily, that is all Paul says about it. He doesn’t add much description about the helmet. He doesn’t need to. Everybody knew that a helmet saves, and to go into battle without one is a deaths sentence.
The Roman helmet, like helmets today, protected the head from the attacks of the enemy. Our minds are a first attack point for the devil. This is why we are exhorted to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). This involves having God’s laws written in our minds and meditating on them so we can better follow them (Hebrews 10:16; Psalm 119:97-99).
Paul, referencing the helmet in another place said “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8-10) God does not desire for any to perish, but there is coming a day of perishing. A day of reckoning when all accounts will be settled and those with the salvation of the Lord will be lifted up to Glory and all others to damnation. At the last battle, when Jesus rides on the white horse and with a sword out of His mouth, anyone without the helmet will lose their life.
But for those of us who are among the saved don’t have anything to worry about. With the helmet securely fastened, we can have the same confidence that Paul did that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). We, hard-headed believers, understand that it doesn’t matter what happens to us now. No matter what trials we face, we know that at the end of it all waits God’s Kingdom and eternity with Him—and what could be better than that?