On Saturday morning I discovered that when you walk through muddy trails, you really do need to wear the right shoes.
It was such a beautiful day and I was in much need of an escape from the mental overload I was experiencing. Overcome by every bullet point on a to do list that just seem to grow ever longer and longer, I put on my trainers and set off on a little nature trail near our house. It was a spectacularly beautiful day. The sun was shining brightly through tree branches that had already shed most of their autumnal glory. It was cold, but crisp and bright. Perfect for a walk… until I reached a certain point where there was just no dry place to put my feet.
My trainers, socks and tracky-bottoms were covered in mud by the time I returned home. I should have worn my wellington boots. I should have known better, considering all the years of hearing Peppa Pig’s advice to my kids: “If you want to jump in muddy puddles, you must wear your boots!”
Whilst trudging through the mud on my way back home, I was reminded of the passage in Ephesians 6, reminding us to put on our spiritual armour. I am well practiced in the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness and the sword of the Spirit, but I often skim over the shoes; writing it off as simple readiness to share your faith with those who need to hear the message of the gospel.
However, there was something that compelled me to have a deeper look. As I took another glimpse at this verse, I realised that the one who needed to hear the gospel of peace the most that day, was me!
I looked at many different translations of Ephesians 6:15, but this is the one that stood out to me:
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
Ephesians 6:15 NLT
Put on peace.
We are told to put on peace. Peace that will protect our feet. Imagine running around a battlefield without any shoes!
Peace needs to be the position in which we stand, walk and run in life. I had become so busy with doing stuff (even doing stuff for God) and somehow, I had lost my peace. I was wearing the shoes of “overwhelm” not the shoes of peace. I was wearing the wrong shoes and it didn’t help when the path got a little muddy.
Peace that comes from the Good News.
This year, I think we can agree, has not been a year of particularly good news (in the natural). Perhaps your peace-walk has been challenged too. Perhaps like me, you are looking down at your feet and realising that you are wearing the wrong shoes for the journey. Maybe it’s time to go back to the Good News. The good news is that you are in perfect standing with God. That He is completely at peace with you. That HIS Peace is YOUR portion; your inheritance. That HIS Peace is not circumstantial, but lasting.
The original meaning of the word ‘peace’ (Strong-Lite: G1515) includes “security, safety, prosperity, felicity (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous)”. We can walk in peace, regardless of our circumstances, when we know where we stand with God. He is our security, safety, prosperity, peace and harmony. We need to now just know this, but stand in it. Walk in it. Why?
…so that you will be fully prepared.
Nothing could have prepared us for the events of 2020 and with everything this year has thrown at us, it is even more difficult to prepare for the coming year. Yet, in all the uncertainty we can have confidence that no matter how muddy the path before us, we are clothed and equipped to walk through it. In peace.
When we walk in God, our Peace we are prepared for anything.
Make this your declaraion:
I am in right standing with God who is my security, safety, prosperity, peace and harmony. I walk in perfect peace, no matter what the day brings.
We thank You that our peace is securely found in you. You keep us in the very center of your heart, where no evil can befall us and no plague can come near us. You are the Life that gives us life. You are that Light that destroys the darkness. You are our Peace. Holy Spirit remind us, that we are secure and safe in the heart of the Father.
In Jesus Name,
Today, I hear the Father say: “Brave One. Let joy rise within you, even in the midst of trouble. For you are never on the losing side. You are in me, therefore you are victorious. Always. You are in me, therefore you are secure. Always. I surround you with my Peace. Wherever you put your feet, there I am also. Where you go, Peace goes. To step out of Peace is to step out of me: it is impossible. So open your eyes and see, there is no trouble that can touch you. I AM your Peace.” ❤