The two coats of armor stood behind the museum glass in stark contrast to one another. Although made for the same man, one was a medieval plate armor for a tall, twenty-something Henry VIII with a 32-inch waist and a 39-inch chest. The second piece of mail, fashioned years later, sported a 48-inch waistline.
Fascinated, I read more about the construction of medieval armor and learned that every piece of armor was form-fitted to a specific body. If the man’s size changed significantly, a new suit had to be hammered out as well.
As I pondered on this new information, I staggered to realize that the breastplate of righteousness I was wearing wasn’t fitted for me at all. It was made first for Christ to wear (Ephesians 6:11). Rather than formed in the diminutive size that would fit over my own wavering heart (Psalm 73:26), my cuirass is created with the largeness of Jesus Himself in mind.
He traded His breastplate of righteousness for my flimsy robe of sin – one for one (2 Corinthians 5:21). Protection behind this plate gives me ample wiggle room, for it is His size. Jesus is now my righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6).
As we stand each day for battle, we may feel small and insignificant when we look down at ourselves, but, His power covers all of our inadequacies with Himself (2 Corinthians 12:9). “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). His Holy Spirit fills in all of our voids.
Stop looking at the gap between your beating heart and His righteousness. Fix your perspective on what God sees: the strength and sufficiency of His Son Jesus. When we have a good picture of Him in mind, we can also hear Him say, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but Mine” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
“O Father, may I grow into Your breastplate of righteousness. Grant me perspective to see the enormity of Your might rather than the size of my foe. Give me the daily encouragement and endurance I’ll need to take each battle a day at a time. “