There is in every Christian's life a time when bad things can happen. Throughout the world some Christians are being persecuted, while others are being thrown into jail. Bibles are being confiscated and destroyed. Some Christians have experienced a loss of a loved one. Tragedy has struck. Some are sick, while others are having financial problems. Some are having strife in their marriages, some are going through divorce. However, Paul who experienced many trials and suffered much persecution knew the truth. He knew that he had to hide God's word in his heart and not to be moved by what he saw. He was beaten, thrown in jail and abandoned for the sake of the gospel, but he did not give up hope. He had heard and seen many Christians not only persecuted but killed for the sake of the gospel. He held on to the eternal promises and kept his eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith. He encouraged others while he was in jail and brought hope to a dying world by sharing God's love. He kept pressing in and believing. He was always hopeful even when he was hurting, abandoned, struck down and accused falsely. He knew that he had to "put on the armor of God." His hope had to remain in Christ.
He was basically saying in Ephesians (my interpretation): Keep your eyes on Jesus when evil comes your way. Stand your ground and stand in what he has done. His armor is sufficient. Abide in his truth, his righteousness, preach the gospel of peace, have faith in him, his salvation and his word. Through prayer you will remain in communion with him. As you make your requests known, remain alert, keep praying and pray for others so that they too will remain in Christ.
Paul kept his eyes on Jesus, the eternal hope of glory. Amid the trials and the many issues that arose, he knew that God is faithful. He understood how having a personal relationship with God would keep you. He knew that God was with him through all of these trials and that he would ultimately be victorious. He knew God was near to him when he was brokenhearted waiting with healing in His wings. He shared so that you may know in your hear that God was there for you too. You may not physically know it, but he is waiting to comfort you in the midst of this trial. Cry out to Jesus!