I once had a conversation with some Amish gentlemen who were apparently having fun with my lack of knowledge about their culture. “Know why we wear these black suspenders?,” one asked, to which I replied, “No, why?” “To hold our pants up!,” he said as he and his friends LOL’d.
We would assume that belts are made for the same purpose, but in the day in which Paul encouraged us to…
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,…
– Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)
…belts were an important piece of armor for the typical Roman soldier. While the purpose of a sword or a shield may seem obvious, the purpose of a belt was partly emotional – it gave confidence to the soldier. They would use wide leather belts, get them wet and cinch them up tight so that as they dried, they would be even tighter. That feeling of being surrounded and supported gave them a greater sense of strength in battle.
This is what truth does for us. This is what integrity does for us in our lives. When we’re living with integrity, which means to be one person all the time, honoring truth no matter what, we walk confidently. But when we lack integrity, we’re afraid we’ll be found out and we live with the fear that the real us will be exposed and injured.
Don’t go into battle without your integrity intact. This is an area where we grow by soaking up God’s truth and being honest about who we are with others around us. Integrity matters, so wear the belt of truth today.