“How can people tell the Good News if no one sends them? As Scripture says, “How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who announce the Good News.”
As you know, we are exploring the importance and the purpose of each item of the Armor of God. It was mentioned in earlier blogs that the reason many Christians do not don the valuable armor is due to the fact they do not have understanding of the “why” the scriptures encourage us to wear the armor. We have previously covered the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. Now we are “stepping” into being shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.
These spiritual shoes are important for two reasons. We have to think what happens when we put on our shoes. What do shoes do? 1) As everyone knows, shoes PROTECT our feet. 2) Shoes give us TRACTION. 3) One thing that most people DO NOT realize that shoes do is give us a FIRM FOUNDATION. They give us a wider and more SOLID stand. The reason we would need to have our feet protected in the spiritual sense is many times we never know what circumstances we are going to be stepping into. Being shod with the peace of the gospel of Christ will – keep us from stepping into unsavory places; provide traction when we get caught in a slippery situation; present assurance to get out of sticky circumstances; offer comfort when we are under the gun; contribute necessary boldness, courage and authority when confronted with contention These are the places and times we need to be standing in a solid place and be firm in our confidence.
Now we come to the reason that PEACE was the choice for our spiritual feet. Jesus says in John 14:27 that before He leaves He was imparting to us HIS peace, which is much different from the peace the world offers us. When a soldier is walking through the enemy’s territory, he has to be calm and collected. If he were to be in total fear, it could cause him to act irrationally at the slightest disturbance (i.e. a snapping twig; a bird flying to a new location; a scampering squirrel), and alert the enemy of his location. Not his could also endanger all the other members of his platoon. Plus, many times we get caught up in longer battles than we sometimes anticipate. When we have our feet planted in peace, it grants us the determination and stamina so we can withstand the long haul.