“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…”
No matter what other piece of the armor you have on, if you have an injured foot you are easy prey. Paul is talking about preparing our feet. The sandals that the soldiers wore had thickly sharp nails that grabbed the terrain as they walked, because of this they were able to take longer marches at incredible speeds over rough terrain.
Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The idea of preparation is being ready at a moment’s notice. We must be mobile, flexible and ready with the truth. It’s a good habit to live in constant readiness and flexibility.
How solid is the ground you are standing on?
I would like to dig a little deeper into what Paul is talking about here. The first book we are going to look into is Mark chapter 6. When Jesus sent out the 12, He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bag, no bread, no copper in their fanny packs- but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.Why? so that they would only have what they needed.
In Acts 12:8 when the angel of the Lord appears to Peter in the prison cell saying. “Arise, quickly, gird yourself and tie on your sandals.”
When we are barefoot we have no sole to stand on, the ground beneath us becomes hard to walk on, and our feet would become blistered and bruised. But God sent His Son 2000 years ago to be the One who took our place, took our beating and today He is the only shoe that I put on everyday that empowers me and keeps me going.
Any doctor would tell you to keep your feet in good shape, think about it, if we can’t stand then you can’t walk and if you can’t walk then we can’t run the race that is set before us. Stand today on the only Rock that will keep you safe and empowered by His Spirit for you to do His will!
Do you ever feel spiritually tired?
Jesus told the 12 that He sent out to only carry on them what they absolutely needed. Sometimes I carry too many burdens, burdens that I can’t bear so we have got to do what Jesus tells us to do in Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Pray, asking God to present to you a moment to witness to somebody this week, just as Isaiah had wrote, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…”