WHAT SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Deuteronomy 33:25 (NKJV) “Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be.”
While sorting through some of my old photo albums, hunting for pictures that I wanted to convert to digital format, I came across a black & white picture taken of our family when we were living at Rufaro Mission back in 1950. What amused me about the picture is that Dad and Mom was dressed as though they were going to church, my elder sister, Suzanne also had a nice dress on and her hair in pigtails. I too was dressed nicely but there was a glaring omission in the picture. Both Suzanne and me had no shoes on!
I chuckled at the obvious contrast in the footwear between my parents and us two sisters. The picture as simple as it was immediately transported me through my memory’s eye, to the marvelous care-free years of my childhood. Our shoe-less feet actually was a symbol of the freedom we enjoyed in the simple uncomplicated life we led. Our modern age with all of its advancements has managed to rob children of the simple joys of being a child, whose playground in my case, was the African bush and imagination was my companion.
I would not trade the life of growing up in a missionary family in Africa for the most modern mansion today’s world could offer me!
Our mother gave up trying to make us keep shoes on our feet. The only time we would wear socks and shoes was when we went to school and when we went to church.
As I sat looking at this poignant picture a spiritual lesson began to grow in my mind. I began to visualize the different roles shoes would have if we used them as an illustration of faith.
Come with me on this analogy I am attempting to paint.
Faith is the “shoe” of the soul by which we can march along the road that the Lord is leading us on.
Our love for the Lord can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the shoe which carries the soul. Faith is also the oil enabling the “shoes” of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without the “shoes” of faith we drag heavily in our walk with God.
With faith we can do all things; without faith we shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of God.
If you would find those who serve God the best, you must look for men and woman of great faith! Their “shoes” of faith are solid, strong and made to overcome the jagged rocks of adversity.
Shoes that are of inferior quality can be likened to those who have just a “little faith” which will save the wearer, but little faith cannot do great things for God.
Little faith will carry the wearer to heaven, but it often stumbles and is overcome by fear of the battle life requires it to walk.
Little-faith looks ahead and says, “It is a rough road, inundated with sharp thorns, and full of dangers; I am afraid to go;”
On the other hand “shoes of great faith” remembers the promise; “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; as thy days, so shall thy strength be;” (Deuteronomy 33:25) and so great faith boldly ventures the treacherous path.
Little-faith stands despondent, mingling their tears with the ravaging flood waters that has to be crossed; but Great-faith sings, “When thou pass through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:” (Isaiah 43:2) and they forge the swiftly flowing river without looking back!
Our joy and faithfulness in our journey in this sin tossed world rests strongly on the type of “shoes of faith” we are wearing.
My faithful readers take careful note of what “shoes of faith” you are wearing and covet earnestly the best gift – have your feet shod with great faith for therein rests the victors crown!