The Hope Helmet

Throughout the years, authors have thrilled readers with seven-league boots, an invisibility cloak, and King Arthur’s magical sword. The hero of the story would use his special item to do what others could not. And it is certain that the reader always wondered what it would be like to have such an item. What could he have done with it?

As Christians, we know that there are no magical talismans given to us by God. Instead, we are given spiritual armor that enables us to fight against the evil one (and also our own thoughts at times). The armor is not hidden in a castle or distant cave but is always available because it is the result of us having right thinking based on God’s promises to us.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10, Paul reminds us that we have, among other things, the helmet of hope. I think the idea is that our head (our thinking) should be controlled by the certain hope of salvation that God has given us through Christ. Knowing that “God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” ought to produce hope and comfort in us.

Christian, why not try wearing that helmet today? Meditate on the hope that you have in Jesus and find comfort that he has saved you from the wrath to come and wants to live with you forever.

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