I listened in amazement as my father in law shared the heart wrenching account of the torpedoing of the USS Lavallette in the Coral Sea during the battle of Guadalcanal.
"The Lavallette was smoke screening the USS Chicago (a heavy cruiser) when it was attacked by dive bombers and torpedo planes. I was assigned to the after engine room and had left to go the the galley for a fresh pitcher of water when the torpedo hit. There was a brilliant flash, followed by a loud rumble and an on rush of heated air that was breath-taking."
I gasped as this brave sailor, now in his 80's recalled the story like it was yesterday. Tears fill my eyes as he shared how he dove into the oil slicked waters, found a safe place to surface, and was rescued by his shipmates floating on a raft.
There were about fifty men, some injured. The uninjured took turns hanging over the side because there was not enough room in the raft for all the men.
"I wore my shark repellent all the time, I did not think I would need it but like a good soldier I was always dressed for battle." What this gallant man told me next sent chills down my spine.
"I saw my brothers eaten by sharks,as they hung over the side of the raft, because they did not wear their repellent." A tear filled his eye as he shook his head. "If only they listened and put on everything they needed, they would be alive today."
We are always in a spiritual battle.
We have an enemy that circles us like a savage animal waiting to devour us.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a , seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Ephesians 6 commands us to be prepared; to put on the full Armor of God.
We must put on our own armor and not rely on another persons armor. I think of young David when he went to King Saul to announce that he would fight the giant Goliath. King Saul tried to put his armor on David to protect the boy. It did not fit.
David knew who would fight the battle for him.