The shoes we wear say a lot about us. Most of us wear them all day. For most women, it is the most important part of their outfits.
This lady looks like she is going to work. I LOVE these shoes by the way!
This lady looks like she is enjoying a nice stroll along a boardwalk at the beach.
This lady is ready to be active and get some exercise.
These shoes are all so different, but they do have a few things in common. They will protect your feet from the dirt and other gross stuff on the ground to get you to wear you’re going. They allow you to go in public places (No shoes, no shirt, no service!). They show a little bit of your own personal style.
Have you ever thought about how shoes make you feel? I know that I LOVE to be barefoot but I also love shoes. Some shoes make me feel pretty or sophisticated, maybe more artistic and stylish than I actually am, even homey.
Women often wear shoes that hurt their feet, but they do not care because those shoes are just too adorable not to suffer through the pain. We can never really have too many shoes because there is always that new perfect shoe, that old favorite that you can’t part with, that outfit that just needs a new shoe. And then we spend way too much money on them at times! They can even be the urban legend dream shoes….
But have you ever heard of the Shoes of Peace?
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. Ephesians 6:15
If you have been following along with my blog, you know that I have been studying through Ephesians with Pricilla Shirer’s Bible study, “The Armor of God.”
We have talked about the spiritual armor that God has given us to be equipped for living in this world. So far we have learned about the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. Paul, the author of Ephesians, used the Roman Centurion to symbolize the different pieces of armor so that we could easily identify and remember the weapons at our disposal.
The Roman soldier wore shoes called caliga which were very strategically designed. These half boot, half sandal shoes included open designs to allow for good ventilation; many straps for adjustment to fit each soldier’s specific feet; the soles were made of layers of leather; and they were studded with hobnails- or spikes which provided a firm grip into the ground.
We have discussed how the enemy is a master of deception and out to attack us where we are weakest. He wants us to be unsure of ourselves, always questioning and unstable, in a life of chaos, worry, anxiety and lacking peace.
A life without peace is simply unprotected, crippled, unable to move forward, hindered from maturing and developing in a healthy fashion. Pricilla Shirer, “The Armor of God.
We walk through many obstacles and hurdles in life, have to deal with family, friends, co-workers and others in our life that often result in the instability that we feel. But God has given us a way to stand firm and walk through any terrain we are faced with and to have peace within ourselves and those in our lives.
Therefore, I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united int he Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:1-3.
There are two types of peace being referenced in these sections of Ephesians: Peace with God and Peace of God.
Peace with God
Since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1.
This one is actually the easy one for us. None of us are worthy. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. But, by placing our faith in Jesus Christ, in his death on the cross and resurrection, we can be filled with God’s grace and a peace that no other substitute can provide. “We need an anchor in our soul that keeps us stable and sound…. Peace with God is the answer. The only answer.”
But what about our lives beyond our relationship with God through Jesus?
We need the Peace of God
At the moment of salvation, we receive God’s spirit to purify us but it also empowers us live out our faith.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
Priscilla teaches that these verses tell us that when we choose to be grateful in prayer, instead of just “wallowing in anxiety and worry,” we are “demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.”
This is how we put on the shoes of peace- we trust and express gratitude. Then, we experience the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
Priscilla talks about the conundrum many women often find themselves in on vacation- we have packed so many shoes, all different types of sandals and dress shoes, but we often forget to take the shoes for activity. As one of her friends said, “All those dress shoes…and no go shoes.”
The shoes of peace are not just pretty little slingback pumps that show off our calves, make us taller and complement that perfect outfit. Shoes of peace are the kind that make us ready for battle!
The HCSB translation of Ephesians 6:15 says “… your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.” He is telling us we need to be READY to go out and spread the Good News. Not just keep it in our hearts to make our lives stable and peaceful, but to move forward against the enemy. They are not just defensive weapons but also offensive!
We use God’s mighty weapons, not world weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
In addition to taking back ground from the enemy in our own lives, we will want to share what is making us more stable, more comforted, and free! We will strap on these shoes of peace to bring others into the harmony of loving and trusting in Jesus Christ.
When we been to see the supernatural effects of the gospel- when strongholds are demolished in our lives and we get a taste of true freedom- the result should be gratitude that overflows into action. Priscilla Shirer, “Armor of God.”
I don’t know about you, but the peace in knowing that no matter how much I screw up, now matter how many times I fail, that God has a plan for me and the ultimate point is to live an eternal life in heaven by his side, is more comforting than any outside force! The peace with God is in me. Putting on the peace of God is a little harder, but I want to win. I want to beat the enemy. I want to be surefooted everyday and not being anxious over things that ultimately do not belong under my control. I want others to experience this peace and the joy that I experience daily in my walk with Christ.
Sharing this Good News is not always easy. But living my life in a way that shows my love for God and being prayerfully grateful of his design and trusting in him is something that I will strap on everyday to win victory over the enemy!
The Shoes of Peace can be worn with any outfit, for any job, for any occasion and will keep us more protected, more stable, more comfortable, and more ready than any shoes in our closet. Get your go shoes. Strap them on. And be READY!