Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16
The more movies that depict battle scenes between ancient armies, the more we see defensive tactics whereby hundreds of shields are overlapped together to prevent the incursion of arrows. It’s an impressive site and illustrates the value of a shield. (See 1 Kings 22:34-36 where the lack of a shield resulted in death.)
No wonder Paul used the Roman shield to illustrate the power of faith to defend us against the “fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16). Why “fiery” darts? Because often arrow points would be dipped in pitch and set alight before being shot to set fire to whatever they struck. Roman soldiers would soak their leather shields in water to extinguish these fiery missiles when they landed. And why “faith”? How does faith extinguish Satan’s hellish attacks? Because Satan’s attacks are against the character of God—His words and works. When we have faith in God and His promises, as Jesus did when tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), we can extinguish Satan’s attacks.
How is your faith today? The stronger it is, the quicker Satan’s fiery attacks will be extinguished.
Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God. A. W. Tozer