Summary: The Belt of Truth supports us in the daily battles of life, in a world where Truth is relative, where people make their own truth. God's word is truth that provides direction and ultimately victory.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”
Are you properly equipped for battle? When I deployed to Iraq, an essential item of issued equipment was my web belt, which we call our “battle rattle.” It doesn’t seem important, yet on it soldiers can carry their flashlight, first aid-kit, ammo pouch, gas mask, knife, hearing protection, compass, canteen, holster, and anything else for which they need ready access. I found that my ammo pouch was a good place to keep snacks!
In Luke 12:35, Jesus charges His disciples: “Be dressed for readiness.” This means to be ready for action, for rapid deployment. In Bible times, a soldier’s belt helped gathered up his tunic to keep it from being a hindrance so he could fight unencumbered. The belt also provided a place to sheath a sword. And this particular belt, a kind of leather apron, also protected the midsection of the body.
Weight lifters wear a wide leather belt to help support their backs. The Belt of Truth supports our inner being; it compels us to speak the truth with integrity. If we don’t stand up for truth, everything else in life will begin to fall apart. Everywhere we turn there are weapons aimed at us, and we must be protected to overcome the assaults of an increasingly godless culture. I Peter 3:15 tells us, “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” The Bible is defensible; it can withstand the toughest questions we can ask it. The Bible is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.
The Roman soldier’s belt gathered up loose garments. We make sense of the loose threads of life--of everything--by knowing what is true. “When we see with spiritual eyes, we live in a world of meaning” (Gardner). We can’t afford to be unaware of the truth. No one can be a spiritual warrior who is biblically illiterate. “By truth we bind up everything in our lives that is loose, that might cause us to stumble in spiritual battle” (Borgman). We need a working-knowledge of God’s word if we are to achieve victory. We “let the word of Christ dwell richly within us” (Col 3:16), and this word will support us as does a belt. Then we can oppose the devil, the “father of lies,” protected by God’s truth.
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). We start with objective truth. It is imperative we know what is true--otherwise, we’ll be defeated before we even begin the battle. In the pages of Scripture, truth is defined and error is condemned. We’re no longer wavering by guesswork or false thinking. Truth is an unpopular topic today. We live in an age where people claim there is no truth, that you make your own truth. There are only 2 options: We either we live by moral absolutes or by arbitrary preferences. Either there is truth…or nothing is true or false. If there is no “right and wrong” then we have no basis to dislike any sort of behavior, no matter how repugnant it may be. If we are to live by fallible human reasoning alone, we are already defeated. Truth doesn’t change according to our likes and dislikes. We do not create truth; the truth creates us.