Scriptures: 1 Kings 10:14-17 and I Kings 14:25-28
In these verses we read about Rehoboam who as the new king inherited gold shields from his father Solomon. The shields were passed down from his father, and since they were not his he did not value them. The shields were hung on the walls and one day the enemy came and stole them from him.
We can liken these shields to our faith; there comes a point in our lives when we must develop our own faith. There are many people whose faith is dependent upon their parents or tradition; there are those who get their faith from others. They have what someone gave them and they do not seem to value it. They hang it up for others to see, but never use it or find out its true value. The enemy of our soul wants to steal our faith by having us not value how imperative it is!
Rehoboam never used the shields, when the enemy showed up they were hanging on the walls doing nothing. A battle was raging and the shields were only being used as decoration. We cannot let our faith and relationship with God merely become a decoration in our lives: we must doing something with what we believe. When we disobey or refuse to apply God's Word in our lives we are asking for our faith to be stolen.
Once his father's shields had been stolen Rehoboam replaced the gold shields with bronze shields. He replaced something so precious and costly with something cheap and of little value. The temptation we face everyday is to replace our faith with something else, something cheaper. We cannot replace what really matters: our faith in God with a fake substitute the world offers us.
The Bible tells us that we must carry our shield of faith, which is more precious than any gold. Its our covering aganist the attack and our beacon to show our alliance. Do not the enemy steal your shield!