2008-03-10 - What Do I Need With the Armor of God?
Part 4 - 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 NLT
It started innocently enough - a small leak in our roof. Drip. Drip. We called a roofing expert for an estimate, and he recommended a new roof. At the most, I was expecting patching the area, not a project requiring thousands of dollars. I've called for other estimates, and I'm just waiting for their assessments.
Ironically, this all happened on the day when I planned to finish writing this devotional on the shoes of peace. I admit I wasn't acting as someone calm and full of peace. I stopped thinking about the minor crisis at hand, and focused instead on my feet.
Today was a perfect opportunity to use my armor. I could relax in choosing the right contractor and making the appropriate decisions concerning the latest house project. I could also erase the overwhelming feelings and stress that I was letting get to me. When we put faith in God's armor, we are guaranteed a reduction in nervousness and anxiety.
No shoes, no service. It's a familiar phrase in many restaurants and country songs, but the expression also applies to us as Christians. I want to be noticed for my shoes; how about you? Not so much for the footwear's style, but as an example of how to react in difficult situations. How wonderful to be included in Romans 10:15. "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"(NIV)
Lord, Forgive me for getting wrapped up in myself instead of looking to You. It seems there's a mountain in my path, and instead of tying on my shoes of peace tightly, I put them on without thinking. Thank You for revealing this fact to me. I'm now aware that I can keep calm in stressful situations. I look to You for wisdom and advice. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.