Shoes of peace

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)

Paul started describing the armor of God with the belt, and now he moves on to the shoes. Just as we wondered why Paul started off with the belt, something at first glance seemed innocuous, we might find ourselves again wondering about the shoes. But just as we needed to look at why the belt was so important to the Roman soldier, we need to do the same with the shoes.

“Imagine a fully armed soldier. He has his sword, his shield, his helmet, his breastplate and his belt…but his feet are completely bare. The picture probably seems strange, and it should! Just by thinking about it, we can tell something is missing.

But the problem goes beyond just looking odd. A shoeless soldier could run into real trouble in the heat of battle. Unless he is fighting on Astroturf, he is going to encounter some debris. It may be nothing more than twigs and pebbles, but to a bare foot that can cause serious pain—and one of the last things you want to deal with in the middle of a fight is worrying about where you step.

In short, shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand.” [Adapted from Bible Study Guides, United Church of God]

Wearing the right protection on our feet protects our steps. We aren’t distracted by looking where we are walking, trying to avoid this pebble and that twig. We can keep our focus on Him. The shoes of God’s Peace guard our steps, keep us upright, and energized to stay on the path. Our feet are secure ready to bring the Good News…

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)

The shoes of Peace let us walk worthy.

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