My waist hasn’t seen a belt in over a decade. Mostly because putting a belt around my waist would create muffin tops and bottoms. But thankfully, when Paul was writing to the Ephesians in chapter six about the armor of God, the belt had a much greater purpose. Let’s dig into this Roman soldier’s belt and see why we need to buckle up (muffin tops excluded).
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-11, 14, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE YOUR STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL’S SCHEMES.” He goes on to remind us that our battles are not with things of earth, but against the evil one’s world. We must stand our ground and “stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”
This belt wasn’t ornamental or meant to impress the cowgirls. This belt served a purpose for the Roman soldier. His belt held the scabbard (the thingamajiggy that holds the sword) and the actual sword. Without it, the armor wouldn’t be able to stay on him. That’s why we are instructed to put on the belt of truth FIRST, it girded (or surrounded) the waist and was used to wear other pieces of armor. Of all the pieces of armor - righteousness, faith, salvation, Gospel, Spirit - the belt of truth held the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Truth holds us together as Christ followers, preparing us for battle and keeps Scripture locked in place and us secure in our faith. Truth helps us avoid danger by being a light in the darkness.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
It provides the best path to take in life. By being girded in Truth we are protected from going off the path. Like the Belt of Truth that provided a home for the sword and it’s carrying case, when we put on the full Armor of God, we are safe. We are free from the burden of sin and able to remain on the path God has set before us.
As you buckle your belt, preparing for battle, know you’re going with the Lord. Jesus is “the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” John 14:6.