young-adults

A NICE PAIR OF SHOES

-Mike Beecraft

If you appreciate shoes like I do, you’ll agree there’s none better than a nicely broken-in pair. Feet need hugs too, and that’s what a well-fitting shoe should feel like. On the flip side, we’ve all bought those cheap pairs that demolish our poor feet with blisters and make every step painful.

Our feet take us places, and it’s better to be taken there with a nice pair of shoes. However, some of the places we lead our feet aren’t the best. We can get ourselves into unsavoury or even dangerous situations. But whether our situation is one of comfort or collapse, we Christians can rest in the gospel.

In Ephesians 6:14, the apostle Paul commands us to “stand.” And in verse 15, he informs us of these amazing shoes we stand in: “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” Jesus may have been a carpenter, not a cobbler, but He makes a great pair of shoes.

Even in the midst of unrest, we have a peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:7), won by Christ on the cross for our behalf (Col. 1:20). The gospel Jesus brought to us is a gospel of peace—peace with God when we once swore ourselves as enemies. Now we’ve gone from enemies to being called children. That’s incredibly good news!

Maybe you’re like me and have found your feet in an uncomfortable and stressful position. The relief for you and me lies in the gospel of peace. In the gospel, we find our way through life’s difficulties. We can walk through pain and heartache because Christ faced all the pain and heartache for us.

This gives us the confidence to step into life’s issues. Shoes don’t change the ground we walk on, but they change the way the ground affects our feet. (Try running on gravel barefoot!) While the gospel of peace doesn’t make every bad situation good, it changes the way the bad situations affect us here and now.

When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on water in Matthew 14, the storm didn’t subside immediately. It raged on as Peter went forward step by step, looking at Christ. The reason we can walk with that kind of confidence is solely because of Christ and what He’s made possible. When Peter looked at the storm, that’s when his feet—and heart—sank. The story ends with Jesus reaching out, and Peter and Jesus walk back together to the safety of the boat.

When life throws storms at you, or you create storms for yourself, you could try to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, or you can trust the one who actually created the shoes your wearing. Trust His peace to carry you through life’s ugliness. Although the situation might not change immediately, and the storm may keep on raging, Christ will walk through it with you, every step of the way.

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