12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts (Romans 13).
A few things about being asleep: 1) it is intended to be done in the nighttime when it is dark; 2) it occurs at the same time to the vast majority of people around us; 3) it puts us in our most vulnerable state, being unconscious and unaware of anything going on around us by those not also asleep; and 4) its whole purpose is to recharge us for labors during the day.
It is this last point which Paul addresses here. A few years earlier Paul wrote to the Ephesians to “put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6: 11). Now he writes to the Romans to “put on the armor of light” while in the next breath telling them to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” It seems only right, then, to say that the “knight in shining armor” has always been Jesus. He is our “armor of light” casting out the “deeds of darkness” in the nighttime, and enabling us to “behave properly in the day.”
Lord, we thank You for being “our knight in shining armor”—our bridegroom who loves us and thus enables us to do what is right. Help us This Day to “put You on” and live right. Amen.