The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7, KJV
Offense may win games, but it’s a time-honored fact: defense does win championships. The Denver Broncos learned that lesson the hard way in Super Bowl XLVIII. The safety said it all – on the first play of the game, no less. While it was a miscue on the part of the Denver offense, it resulted in two points for the Seattle defense.
Offense may be glamorous, but defense is ultimately victorious. The lesson is this: we must defend. God taught us this truth with Abram. “The word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (Genesis 15:1, KJV). God is our shield. He is our defense and our defender. He is our security and our sanctuary. He is our refuge and our fortress.
Offense may be pretty, but defense gets it done – it may not be pretty, and oft-times it is ugly – but get it done it does. So bolster your defense. Strengthen your resolve. Redouble your efforts and defend your faith, your family and your future. Only a strong defense can stand against the enemy and withstand the onslaughts of the wicked one. So defend, defend, defend.
“Offense,” spiritually speaking, is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We have no better or stronger or more effective weapon than the Logos, the Word made Flesh. But we have many defensive weapons. We have the “belt of truth and the body armor (breastplate) of God’s righteousness. For shoes, we put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. [And] in addition to all of these, we hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet.” After we put on all of these defensive weapons, THEN we “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17).
Prayer is both defensive and offensive. It protects and prevents. It also advances and attacks. Thus, we are to “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. [So] stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18).
So remember, the best offense is a good defense, because defense wins championships. So trust in Lord. Not in your ability or your capability; not in your talent or your treasure; not in your knack or your know-how; no, trust in the Lord. He alone is our defense. God alone is our shield and shelter; He alone is our safeguard and vanguard. God alone will shield us and win the fight for us.