The Roman soldier securely tied his belt on his waist before any other piece of armor. Placing on any other piece of equipment before the belt was useless, for this article of clothing was what held everything else in place. The belt held everything from swords and darts, to food and plunder from attacked cities. If it was tied on crooked or loosely, it inhibited the soldier’s movement and because he could not reach his sword, he could be killed by an enemy.
Just like the Roman soldier, Christian soldiers should make sure to girt ourselves with truth first. Of course, we should fully comprehend what that means. First, what is truth? Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “sincerity in action, character, and utterance” and “the property of being in accord with fact or reality.” In Psalms 119:160, David tells God, “thy word is true from the beginning.” John wrote that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amoung us, (and we beheld his glory, and the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus told a young man this: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God is truth.
Where do we get truth? Our God says, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). God is truth; therefore, we get truth from God.
Why should we put on the Belt of Truth? Why is it important? While debating with the Pharisees, Jesus said this to them:
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
The belt of truth is important and we should wear it because our adversary is the father of lies. How do you fight the father of lies? With the Belt of Truth!
Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth… (Ephesians 6:14a)