“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 New International Version
The historic battle of Agincourt took place on October 25th, 1415 in the field of a French township. Henry V, King of England, had decided to reclaim land that he believed belonged to him and to England. After landing on French soil with an army of 30,000, Henry immediately began a siege of the town from which he planned to set up a base of operations. That siege cost him dearly.
As the word spread of the invasion, the French nobility rallied their own army consisting of men-at-arms, knights, and archers. Some have estimated the army may have been as many as 100,000 strong. Most of the French aristocrats, the nobility of France, were present. This would have far-reaching consequences in the years to come. It would especially impact an event 300 years in the future of France.
When Henry’s army finally met the French at Agincourt, he had only 5000 men left of the original 30,000. Many of his men had died during the siege of Harfleur. Depending on which number you choose to believe, the British army was outnumbered by either 6-1 or 20-1. These are not exactly favorable odds! The night before the battle the French were so confident of a victory they were “Partying like it was 1415”! The British army, on the other hand, were quite somber believing they were going to meet with a crushing defeat, especially as they heard the revelry and could see the fires of the enemy disappearing into the horizon!
History tells us Henry and his army of 5000 prevailed that day decimating the superior numbers of the French army. How was it possible for that to have happened? How does a military with significantly fewer men defeat an army that enormously outnumbered them (no matter which number of men you choose for the French army)! The technology of the day had provided the English with the advantage, the longbow and armor piercing arrows used to rain death from the sky above the French army. On that day, the head of nearly every noble family of the French aristocracy died on the battlefield of Agincourt.
This decimating of the French nobility directly impacted the French Revolution more than 300 years later. Theories point out that if there had been more French nobility at the time of the French Revolution, it very likely would not have succeeded! Isn’t it astounding that a battle 300 years prior to the French Revolution, a battle so far removed in French history, very likely added to the success of the French peasantry’s revolt against the French aristocracy!
“If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome. Do we so appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest?” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 7)
As disciples of Jesus, we have chosen to become the nobility of God’s kingdom accepting the challenges we face living in a war zone. We face an enemy we are not equipped to fight. We never have been, never will be, and God tells us that only He is able to do battle with an enemy set on destroying everything God has created.
I know this information isn’t new to most who will be reading this. I’ve written about this verse in Ephesians before. However, at this time in my life I’m facing obstacles the enemy of God is throwing at me. He is throwing barriers in front of others, as well. These obstacles take the form of impossible circumstances we mere humans are not equipped to overcome. Because of this I know I find these verses a very timely reminder; I am hoping others will also.
The armor of God we wear protects us from all that is launched at us while God does battle with the enemy of all Creation. We have what the French at Agincourt didn’t have, complete protection that won’t allow us to be decimated. No matter what the enemy rains down on us we will survive to live noble lives for the One who has saved us from everything the enemy can think to shoot at us out of his arsenal of evil.
It’s not easy living here with all the destruction surrounding us every day. We see friends die, become ill. Children have illnesses that tear out our hearts as they have to experience pain no one should have to go through. And there are parents, children, grandparents, other family members, and friends crying out to God and declaring the unfairness of the losses they suffer.
These are the losses we all suffer as we are connected through the One who chose to suffer it all. He endured all of it, every hurt, pain, insult, attacks against one’s character, accusation, lies, anything you can imagine that causes pain. Whether the pain is emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical, Jesus took it all for a world in rebellion. I know the pains He took for me and you know the ones He took for you!
“Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing. It tests us for all we are worth. Jesus is bringing many “sons” unto glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milksops. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the noble life of a disciple of Jesus in actual things. It is always necessary to make an effort to be noble.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 7)
Let’s encourage and strengthen each other to remember the battle is always the Lord’s!
“All the people gathered here will know that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save people. The battle belongs to the Lord…” 1 Samuel 17:47 Easy-to-Read Version
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