Faith is compared to a shield because it protects the whole body. The helmet protects the head, the breast plate protects the chest, but the shield is big enough to defend the whole body. It covers from top to toe. David points to the nature of the shield when he says:
“Lord, surely you bless the righteous; you surround them with favour as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12
A shield can be used in a variety of ways. Policemen use their shields collectively as a wall of protection when they are being stormed by a mob. Their shields are so big and wide, it covers them from head to toe, shielding them, while they advance against the storm. This is the same way the believer in Christ moves forward, with the shield of Faith. No matter what the enemy uses against the believer, they are kept safe and protected by the shield of Faith.
Faith defies reason.
When the enemy brings debate and confusion about the legitimacy of God’s Word, Faith steps in and takes control. The Word of God is received by Faith and the shield of Faith is used to quench the fiery darts aimed at weakening a person’s faith.
Faith brought Abraham through every trial, when his natural understanding could not comprehend what the Lord was saying. The shield of Faith brought him through the test.
The shield of faith will shield the believer against the greatest storm. Faith withstands confusion. Faith busts through disillusionment. Faith just keeps on going.
I pray this year you will keep moving forward. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding!