This is what God gave me today in His word:
and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:15)
Still moving down the list; today I’ll write about the shoes of the gospel of peace. As may be indicated by the above verse… And the title too, for that matter.
The shoes of the Gospel of peace
What good could shoes (or sandals for back then) be good for? Sure without them it would be hard to travel, but frankly speaking, do we really need them in our spiritual armory? I can just imagine that conversation, “Ah, here we are. I’ve got my deadly mace, my incredibly sharpened sword, oh, and my shoes of fury…” Shoes aren’t exactly the most of intimating things. So why does Paul bother mentioning them?
Armies back then had a completely different sort of mine (the bomb sort). It didn’t blow off legs like ours sadly do today, but it was almost as effective at preventing soldiers from continuing to move. – When a one group knew that an enemy army was approaching, they would almost completely bury a sharp stake into the ground with only the tip remaining barely in sight. This may not seem to you and me like the best way to stop a foe, but it worked surprisingly well. Barbarian tribes who didn’t have any shoes, or armies who only had ‘weak’ sandals would step on the stake and suddenly, lo and below, they were no longer in any sort of condition to be fighting. That’s why shoes (or sandals back then) which were strong and reliable were required. You can’t focus on fighting some enemy in front of you, when the enemy below you (who happens to be an inanimate wooden stake) stabs you.
Strong sandals are what allowed the armies back in the day to keep moving despite the enemies attempts to the contrary. Spiritual shoes are what let us keep moving despite the Devil’s schemes… And what, might I ask, are these shoes made of? The Gospel of peace. Or, in other words, the Gospel of Jesus. Which is that he died and, three days later, rose again to save all humanity. Something which begs the question, “How does that protects our tootsies again?“
The fact that Jesus died and rose again to save us, means a couple of things. First, it means that man no longer must go the Hell. It also means we can have a personal relationship with God. But what we’re getting at now, is that in addition to the rest, is that it also means we can break free of habitual (continual) sin. It allows us to, after we’ve fallen, to get back up again and keep going. Or even to simply avoid falling all together. It let’s us stand firm when the Devil turns His fury onto us. Or in other words, Christ’s death for us let’s us put on the shoes of the Gospel of peace.
But, sure we may be able now to put on these shoes, but how do we? After all, we know that simply staring at armor won’t protect us. So how do we put it on? When we accept Christ as our savior, the shoes are automatically added to our inventory. So to speak. What is the only good news of peace? The good news of Jesus. Thus, because of that, when we believe in Him he gives us His peace; His, erm, shoes. So to speak.
You are Loved!