FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”- Ephesians 6:15
The third piece of armor the apostle encourages the Christian to wear has to do with our feet or how we are walking. An old song in a hymnbook has a verse predicated upon this scripture that illustrates the full meaning of Paul’s thought. It says, “Let us walk in the light of the gospel divine.” It is one thing to know doctrine, to know truth, yet, quite another thing to walk accordingly.
The shoe might seem to be a seemingly unimportant piece of armor, yet, without feet shod, the warrior is helpless, even if he has all the other pieces of armor. In that day, the enemy was prone to place spikes and pointed sticks in the path of their enemies and a soldier who did not have on the metal plated boot was rendered ineffective when encountering such devices. What good is a sword if it does not have feet to carry it into battle? When there are no marching soldiers the enemy will march right into our camp.
Surely, Satan has his spikes laid precisely in the right places for us every day. Worries, cares, troubles, temptations and sorrows are all cleverly placed along life’s pathway for the weary, worn pilgrim to step on and cry aloud with pain. If the blacksmith fastens the horse’s shoes with nails, should we not hammer some gospel truth into our own steps as we approach each day? Should we not remember that we belong to Jesus Christ? Should we not remember that we are to be salt and light? Can we not remember that Jesus suffered for us upon the cross and that it was our sins that caused Him His greatest pain? Should we not remember that every where we go, every word we speak, every thought we think is viewed from our Father’s great throne and we may either please or grieve our Holy Father?
The places our feet take us must have born equal weight on the apostle’s mind as he wrote about the feet shod. Another song comes to mind that we sang as children. One verse went, “Oh, be careful little feet where you go, be careful little feet where you go, for your Father up above is looking down in love, so, be careful little feet where you go”. Where are you going today my friend? Is that the place a Christian should go? Who are doing it with? Are those the friends that Jesus would choose? Are you walking in the path of God’s providence? Are your feet inclined to be in God’s house on Sunday? Let us prepare each day with the wonderful thoughts of the gospel of Jesus Christ and our day will be crowned with peace as we walk!