Radioactive | Devotion #5: Hunker Down
Michelle Moshier | Nursery & Pre-K Director
Hunker Down: to hide, hide out, or take shelter.
Prepare: to put in proper condition or readiness.
As a Nursery Director, one of my favorite things to hear in my classrooms is the children singing, especially the song “I’m in the Lord’s Army.” God begins to prepare us (His army) by training and encouraging each of us throughout the entire Bible. He proceeds to condition us through what I would call a “war zone.” Peter warns us in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” In Ephesians 6:13-18, the Bible tells us what it means to put on the whole armor of God. This is a defensive strategy. According to Wikipedia, “strategic defense is a type of military planning and a set defense used for the purpose of deterring, resisting and repelling a strategic offensive, invasion or attack.” The enemy’s strategy is to kill, steal and destroy.
God has given us everything we need to have victory. We have to acknowledge each part of this armor God has to offer. If we do, we will be able to combat Satan’s attacks on our family. The truth of God’s Word should always be close around us, like a belt. Memorizing Scripture is a powerful way to be ready to combat Satan’s lies. Next, we must put on the breastplate of righteousness. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Without righteousness, we leave the door open for Satan to attack. A person who claims he or she is a child of God should have the works of righteousness. Then we have spiritual footwear. Your first reaction to this might be to run away; however, shoes made a soldier “ready” to run into battle.
Faith protects us in many ways. Think about the story of Daniel in the lion’s den or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; they were not alone. God was with them in the midst of their battle. Just like He is with each of us if we have faith. Taking up the helmet of salvation protects our minds from the discouragement and despair in this world. The sword of the spirit is an offensive weapon that we have access to at all times. Hebrews 4:12 explains: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Our sword will not sharpen itself; therefore, we must be diligent with regular and focused time in the Word of God.
Paul ends this passage by encouraging us to pray fervently for ourselves, for each other, and for the work of the Church. I like how praying reminds us of the fight, along with showing us where we get our strength. I want to be fully committed to God to show Him I am ready to hunker down and be a faithful soldier “In The Lord’s Army – Yes, Sir!”
Remember, we are all in different combat zones. We need to be aware of Satan and his different ways of attack. Are you using your armor?