Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6: 13-18
Alright y’all. Tonight, get ready to girt your loins! (*This right here is where I would hear the record needle screech and then bump with a thud.*)
I don’t know if I’m the last 37 year old on earth who never knew exactly what that term meant, but let’s face it…I’m open and pretty honest, so yeah…I’ll admit it…I had no idea until I sat down to study this passage in the bible about 3 days ago. First off…”girt.” That just doesn’t sound like a fun thing to do. And loins…am I a cut of meat?? Then I tried to imagine a piece of armor that would be used around the loins and was good at girting.
The best I could imagine was some sort of jock strap, but I highly doubted they even had those back in the early days, much less would they talk about one in the bible. Too tacky. (And yes, that was a joke…there is plenty more tacky than a jock strap in the good Book.)
So, in light of what this mysterious garment represented, I sought out the truth. When Paul spoke of girting your loins, he meant “use your belt.” During that time the men wore long robes/tunics (much like they still do today in certain parts of the middle east) and around their waist they wore a belt of some fashion.
The belt wasn’t so much to make a fashion statement like ladies wear them today with their tunics and leggings, but it was used to tuck the hem of their tunic up and make a sort of jumper. The long tunic would get in the way and would hinder the range of motion in the legs when it came to hard labor and battle, and so they needed to roll and tuck their dress up and make a sort of make-shift shorts…for lack of a better description. Don’t worry, I’ve included a diagram that is easier to understand.
Anyway, the belt became a very useful and necessary part of a person’s wardrobe seeing as it not only supported the person’s clothes but it was also used to carry tools and weapons, just as they are used today.
But why associate a belt with “Truth?”
“Truth is a quality or a state; Fidelity to an original or standard; A fact or belief that is accepted as true; In accordance with fact or reality.”
There are so many different definitions of “Truth” that it almost seems ironic. Yet each definition I have found either states or implies in some fashion, that “Truth” depends on belief. Whether be personal beliefs or collective beliefs. You first must believe in something in order to set boundaries of what is and what is not.
Just as believing in what is not true, is apt to spoil a person’s plans and may even cost him his life.
If someone decided that wearing a belt just looked foolish and wasn’t necessary, his personal belief could end up causing him his life when he went running into battle and started tripping over his clothes. But had he listened to the joint belief that, yes, wearing a belt is a good idea….he may have lived long enough to invent pants.
A belt is something that just is. There’s really no other way to wear a belt. It goes around your body. That’s it. It has to circumference some part of your body in order to stay up…unless you want to be weird and dangle it from your ear or something. I don’t know. But a belt is just that. A belt.
It is used to carry and support just as the Truth is used to carry and support our endeavors, our mission, our beliefs, our values. Without it we would be lost and stumbling around. Without the truth of what Jesus did for us, we would be unsure of our salvation and where we would end up or what in the world we’re even here for. Without the truth of who God is we would still be standing on the other side of a curtain, hoping that the priest would pray and make intersessions for us in the ways we needed or hoped. We would live in fear of God’s wrath and we would question EVERYTHING.
I’ll admit…I have a very inquisitive mind. I love to delve into matters and gain an all encompassing understanding of things. It drives most people I know insane because they can’t keep up with the rate my brain works. However, when even I get overwhelmed with the thoughts that run through my head, I can still go back to the truth and find my center.
I know that I am loved. I know that I am wonderfully and beautifully made. I know that I am blessed. And best of all, I know that I am a child of God, a bride of Christ, and that I have been bought out of slavery to my past sins. I have been washed clean and no one can take that away from me. So, just like we each have a notch setting in our belts…we each also have a resting place in Christ our Savior and God our Father. And that is the Truth.
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