Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You.—Psalm 82:8
The salvation spoken of in the phrase “the helmet of salvation” is the salvation we are going to enjoy when God works out His eternal purposes.
The Christian has a hope for the future. He has an understanding that God is working out His purposes in history, and therefore we need not be disturbed when human programs appear to be going wrong. We hear about “new deals” and “fair deals” and “better deals,” yet they end up in disappointment for all concerned.
The Christian expects the world to get worse and worse, for this is what the Bible tells us will happen. He expects false teachings to abound. He expects the world’s systems to fail, for anything that is not built on Christ has no guarantee of success. The Christian knows that wars and international tension are unavoidable, even though every effort is made to avoid them. The world is in such a state and such a condition that the more attention we give it, the more weary our minds become.
What is a Christian to do in such a world as ours? How are we to react when the Devil takes advantage of our sensitivities to world conditions and focuses our thoughts upon them? Shall we give up? Shall we withdraw from life?
No, we put on the helmet of salvation and remind ourselves that in the face of everything that appears contrary, God is working out His eternal plan and purpose. History remains His story! Almighty God is at work in the very events that appear to be filled with darkness and confusion.
O God, help me see that although You are apart from the events of history, You are also in the events of history. Ultimately all things are going to glorify You. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Heb 6; 1Pt 1:3; 1Jn 3:3; Eph 1:11
What does this hope provide for us?
How does Peter describe our hope?