Are Your Feet Shod Properly?
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15
When I reminisce on the word shod I picture a rancher shoeing a horse. He carefully shapes each shoe and attaches each one to fit the horse’s hooves. They must be a perfect fit or they won’t protect properly.
The rancher knows that his horses need shoes to protect their hooves or they will not be able to do the work that he needs them to do. A limping horse is of no value to the rancher.
Recently my husband and I stopped at a shoe store. My husband wanted me to have a new pair of sandals. Thankfully, I found a pair that was comfortable.
The sales clerk placed them in a box and kept them safe at the counter while we continued to look. There were several pairs that we liked, but they did not fit the bottom of my feet properly. Not finding another pair we made our purchase and left.
Arriving home, the package was placed in the bedroom to be opened later. I will probably not open the package until I need the shoes inside.
We are to prepare ourselves by shodding our feet.
I’m afraid that’s also what we do with our Bibles. We bring them home and place them on the end table or some other location to be opened later.
It’s not that we think the Bible is of no importance. It certainly is. But just as the rancher prepares his horse for the work he has to do, we are to prepare ourselves for the work God has us to do.
To shod myself I must put forth the effort to put on my shoes.
For the sandals that I purchased to be of any value to me, I must take them out of the package and put them on my feet. I must shod myself with my shoes to protect my feet from stones and other debris that would cause harm. I do not wish to endure the pain of a stumped toe or jagged cut.
As my physical feet are shod with sandals so my spiritual feet are shod with God’s Word.
Just as the rancher prepares his horse’s hooves to be fitted with shoes, I must prepare myself to be fitted with the gospel of peace.
To shod myself with the gospel of peace I must open the Bible and absorb its words. As I shod myself with God’s Word, I am being provided with the protection that I need to walk through the debris of life.
A turn onto the wrong path can leave me limping through life. Instead, I want to walk through God’s fields with a healthy and Christ-honoring stride.
Preparing ourselves with the gospel of peace will keep us from limping in God’s fields.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:13-16