Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel [questioning my authority and wisdom]
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! – Job 38:1-3
A phrase often found in the Bible that is an urgent call to get ready for immediate action, or a call to prepare for a coming action or event. The phrase gird up your loins is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. To keep from impeding the wearer during any vigorous activity, e.g. battle, exercise, strenuous work, etc., the loose ends of garments (tunics, cloaks, mantles, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the girdle. The girdle was a band about six inches wide that had fasteners in front. It was worn around the loins (midsection of the body between the lower ribs and the hips). Gird up your mind or gird up your heart are examples of variants of this phrase and call for mental or spiritual preparation for a coming challenge.
The Israelites in Egyptian slavery had to have their loins girded, ready to travel three days journey into the wilderness to sacrifice unto the Lord. Likewise today, we must have our “loins girded spiritually”, ready to listen and do follow God’s direction.
We are to bind up our “spiritual garments” and be ready at all times as those about to take a journey. We must – gather in all of our affections – not allowing any to hang loose….apply our minds with great strength and vigor to our given assignment…disengage ourselves from anyone and anything which would hinder us…be resolute in our obedience…stay focused while eliminating any thoughts which would trip us up or sidetrack us…and be temperate, modest, and vigilant. We have a race to run, a battle to win, and a great work to do. Hence, let’s be ready and prompt – always displaying a right management of our hearts and minds.
“Girding your loins” means that we’re ready for whatever challenge lies ahead, and not just physically. As people of God, we’re ready for whatever physical, mental, or spiritual challenges we may face.
This use is figurative referring to our mental outlook and not to our physical clothing. The point is that all the uses constitute preparation necessary to makes a person ready to take action and move about freely without hindrance physically or figuratively. To fail to do so is to invite trouble.
- Do you feel lethargic or sense a battle around us?
- Are you ready to stand against the onslaught against truth our culture bombards us with in the media, schools and entertainment?
- How does one prepare himself for a spiritual battle?
- Are you ready with the truth to answer questions your friends might pose to you about God?
- What are ways we can earnestly contend for the faith?
- The Bridegroom Will Be Coming (lionessblog.com)