Feet Shod with Peace
I pray this week will be an amazing week for you all!! I am excited about this week because I graduate from Liberty University with my Master's Degree in Special Education! Today, we are going to continue with the topic of "Armor Strong" for the month of May. We are going to focus on the third piece of armor.
"15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;"
Shod- past participle of Shoe
The Roman soldier wore what we would call sandals instead of boots like our modern soldiers. But these were a certain type of very good sandal. Leather straps would hold the thick, hardened leather sole of the sandal to the bottom of his feet. This was to protect him from the same sort of things we encounter when we walk around outside. Roads can be very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. The terrain might be rough stones, sharp rocks, or thorns & brambles. A soldier with blistered, cut or swollen feet would be more vulnerable to his enemies. The soldier’s shoes were also important to protect him from traps the enemy would set in the ground to disable him. He also needed to have good traction since he might be called to climb a slippery slope, or stand firm on slick grass or mud. He needed his feet to have a firm grip on the ground so that he would not slide or stumble. For this reason, the sandals would often have bits of metal or nails impregnated into them much like the spikes or hobnobs of athletic shoes. These would give him that extra traction. (http://gracebibleny.org/feet_shod_with_the_gospel_of_peace)
So, how do we translate this in today's life? Peace is our protection and our defense as we journey through this life.
Peace- freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity.
Purpose of Peace in relation to the description of the soldiers having their feet shod during war:
1. Peace when Encountering Difficulties/Challenges/Obstacles/Attacks God knows what we need. As a solider for God, you are going to encounter difficulties. There are going to be challenges and there have been challenges that just come with living in this world. This goes with the information on the soldiers: The terrain might be rough stones, sharp rocks, or thorns & brambles. Then, there will be obstacles that are a direct attack from the enemy as stated for soldiers in the past: The soldier’s shoes were also important to protect him from traps the enemy would set in the ground to disable him. You have to be prepared for both situations or circumstances. There are going to be things that happen in your life that could break you, and there are going to be things in this life that are designed to destroy you.
However, as long as you have your peace in the midst of the troubling or difficult times, you can keep going, and you can keep fighting. As believers, we cannot allow the effects in the physical realm to overshadow our minds, which could cause us to loose faith. What does loosing faith look like in the midst of difficulty? It looks like depression, anxiety, fear, worry, stress, paranoia, and even anger with others or God. Now, in the flesh, we have all found ourselves in one of these places at one point or another. However, that is not God's design. Your peace is your protection from being defeated or destroyed by your enemy ("we wrestle not against flesh and blood" [Ephesian 6:12]). If you have lost your peace, meet with God to regain what the enemy has work to take from you.
Isaiah 54:17, "17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."
2. Peace to maintain the journey
There is a term called proactive (readiness), which means to prepared in advance for something that could happen. You are able to be proactive when you have knowledge of what you are going to do, the area in which you are entering, and the things you may encounter. God knows all. He knows we need peace to deal handle what is ahead. The information on soldiers shoes stated that good traction is important because a solider might be called to climb a slippery slope, or stand firm on slick grass or mud. God has called you! Our peace is what keeps us secure. Our peace is what keeps us stable, strong, and unmovable. Don't fear the uncertainty that is in your future. You take peace with you and know that God is with you every step of the way.
Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
In order to be "Armor Strong," we have to make sure that as we take on the charge of being soldiers for God that our feet are shod with the gospel of peace. We will have challenges and the enemy will have traps for us, but we have to make sure that we are walking with the peace of God. As long as we keep our peace, we are winning no matter how challenging life is. Peace says that we are relying on God. God never losses.