After putting on the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness the believer needs to tend to their footwear. Usually the picture of messengers is one running with bare feet. Here the soldier, ready for all terrain conditions, has his feet covered and protected. But what kind of foot wear is Paul suggesting, spiritual footwear that only comes through the gospel’s good news = peace. “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” Ephesians 6:15
How does the peace given through the Good News of Jesus protect us? Jesus promised through faith an other worldly peace that keeps away fear. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” His peace also gives us strength and blessing. Psalm 29:11 “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” His peace acts as a guard against Satan’s attacks and keeps us from being anxious. Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The gospel message also brings peace through the assurance of salvation. Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” Lastly, His peace is brought to us through faith in an attitude of thanksgiving. Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” This attitude of thankfulness allows God’s peace to rule in our lives. Peace will guard and keep us moving forward with confidence in God and His plan to give out the Good News of Jesus.
As you pray and think on God’s Word today, remember the peace that comes through Jesus confounds Satan and brings glory to God. When have you experienced this other worldly peace that gave you strength, kept away your fears, assured you of your salvation, caused you to be thankful and gave you a mind that was calm and resting in Him? It is this peace that all believers need to possess, grab hold of, hold close, as they witness and walk each day living for Jesus. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I can have peace filling my life as I strive to walk in witness to His truth.
Holy Week – on Monday Jesus cleansed the temple and cursed the fig tree. He was righteously angry at the greedy money changers that were keeping the Gentiles from worshiping and treating His house with disrespect. Matthew 21:13 “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Jesus also cursed the fig tree which was fully leaved and yet had no figs. This was a foreshadowing of the coming judgement on the nation of Israel for rejecting the truth of His coming.