I’ve been pondering the concept of “The helmet of salvation” for a few weeks now, and have had a hard time wrapping my head around the whole idea. How can Salvation be a helmet? What’s Paul getting at here? How does this apply to my life today?
The helmet of salvation is the second last piece of armor Paul instructs us to put on for battle and it has an important job. As anyone who plays sports such as hockey or football knows, a helmet is a vital piece of equipment, protecting not only one’s face, but also the entire head; in effect protecting the brain, and the mind. A blow to the head, or a concussion, can have serious long-term consequences.
If you’ve ever had a concussion or a migraine (or even a headache for that matter!), you’ll know that the pain that occurs in your head makes it very hard to think, or to process things clearly. Research shows that when one has a migraine, it not only affects the body, but also the emotions. It is easy to doubt oneself, to second guess what we are thinking and feeling about what is going on in our lives and our hearts. Before we know it, we are caught in the grips of anxiety, doubt and fearfulness. When we experience these feelings we begin to doubt God’s promises for us. Our Salvation saves us from danger, from sin, from attitudes and ways the world thinks and ultimate death and separation from God.
The Helmet of salvation can act as a protection for our mind and helps to keep the doubts Satan throws our way at bay. Knowing that our Salvation comes from God can be a grounding point for us within the hard times and can bring focus and clarity to our minds and hearts. If we put our Salvation on as a helmet, it protects us from undermining the power of God in our lives. If we act out of our fears and anxieties, we aren’t able to live in the confident hope that we are saved and that we will continue to be saved. Our helmet of salvation allows us to live differently from the world, separate from patterns and beliefs that the world pushes upon us.
In Romans 5:3-5 we read, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
Spend some time today reflecting on today’s scripture passages. If you need some food for thought, consider these questions:
- What does the helmet of Salvation protect me from personally?
- What does my helmet look like?
- How can I strengthen my “confident hope of salvation”?
- How is God calling me to share this piece of armor with those around me?