The doctor recently told me to wear only running shoes for about 12 weeks because I have plantar fasciitis. I’ve been good but Wednesday I wore this cute red blouse that looked so cute with my red Chuck’s that I thought “What’s one day?” I quickly realized how important the right pair of shoes are when you are in battle.
The Roman’s knew this. Their shoes were credited as one of the most important pieces in their armor. Their shoes had spikes on the bottom that served to give them stability in battle. Their shoes provided them balance as they travelled through dangerous terrain. Their shoes also served as a weapon during hand to hand combat.
Paul compares our peace with the Roman’s shoes. It is our God-given peace that allow us to stand firm during trials. The peace that passes all understanding gives us a firm stance so that no matter what comes our way, we will not be shaken. Our peace helps us stand during adversity, serve during trials and hope when all seems gone.
But not only is our peace a defensive weapon, it’s also an offensive weapon. Others will be drawn to our peace. People will flock within our shadow and take refuge in our peace. We tread on depression, oppression, fear, and hatred with our spiked shoes of peace. We walk across the uneven terrain of life, changing the atmosphere with our peace. The bible says, “Every place our feet tread is ours for the taking”. So let’s go and kick some major enemy butt with our peace and take back some ground.
Today, my brothers and sisters, know the importance of wearing the right footwear for this battle in which we are engaged. Walk in peace. Everyday (not just for 12 weeks) put on your shoes of peace. And go out and change your world!
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:14-15 NIV)