"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all
the fiery darts of the wicked."
Now, one might ask, "Then how does the faith get overturned in some?" The answer is that having the shield of faith and wielding the shield of faith are two different things. Simply having the faith (that comes in regeneration) will not keep us from being discouraged in this world. But, lifting it high, that is where the comfort and safety comes. Visually, think of a soldier that does not have his shield in front of him. If he gets hit by an arrow, the shield may be dropped, the body injured, and the usage null. The faith is never eternally lost, but the usage is not there. Now, what is the spiritual application?
Faith, we are told, is a gift of God. Faith is something that is inherent to the new man of the child of grace. Therefore, that faith is ever looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of it. Christ bestows the gift, and He will finish it on that glorious morning when time shall be no more. Faith and hope are not as great as charity, for there will come a time when they are unnecessary. All that will continue on throughout eternity is abounding love without ceasing. Therefore, the gift has been bestowed, and let us ever use it to the glory of God and safety of our person.
One thing to consider about a gift is that it is our possession the moment it is bestowed. But, the benefit only comes when the gift is utilized. A gift or present does not do much for us just sitting in a box. So, let us ever walk by faith and not by sight pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ. Notice finally that this shield quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked. It did not say that it would quench some or most. It will quench all. John said that our faith overcomes the world. Eternally, there is nothing that can touch us, and let us live lives by faith that we can say (even when trouble comes), "The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."