For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Thess 5:7-9)
Are there things you do in the night that you would not do in the day? Name them and consider why you cannot bring them out in the day.
What does it mean for faith, love, and hope to be your armor, your protection?
Father in heaven, when darkness comes, how can I arm myself with faith to believe you are who you say you are and I am your beloved child? When temptation threatens to overcome me and pierce my weak heart, how can I stand in love, treating my body with care and others as your treasures? When I am drowning in self-pity and shame, how can I remember your salvation, the hope to which you have called me? Reach down, Lord, and teach me to change my battle gear from doubt, fear, and despair to faith, love, and hope.