The Shoes Of Peace
“We cannot survive the storms in life without God’s Peace.”
Surviving The Storms Of Life
Did you know that eagles might be able to sense a storm before it came? I admit, I had no idea that was even possible. The thought though, is inspiring as well as encouraging. Somehow though, I doubt that weathering the storm, even for these majestic creatures, is a cake walk. In fact, it is likely very difficult. Trying to ride such winds of chaos takes something, that we as believers often tend to lack when the going gets tough. Those things being courage, trust, and most importantly…faith.
Scripture tells us that when we put our hope in God, when we truly trust Him and give Him the reigns in our lives, we will weather the storms that come our way.We will not only simply endure them, we will be strengthened by them!
The world in which we live in is constantly changing. It often seems to change on us just when we think we have things all figured out. The fact is, as grounded as we may think we are, we can still be taken by surprise. We can have our world turned upside down. Without faith firmly anchored in God we can find ourselves not only overwhelmed by our burdens but we might discover ourselves taken in by the chaos.
John 15:4-5 King James Version (KJV)
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Ecclesiastes 2King James Version (KJV)
2 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. 4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. 12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool. 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? 26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
- God’s Peace gives us a Firm Grip which we need in a world that is NOT Firm.
- God’s Peace gives us Stability
- God’s Peace allows us to Keep Our Footing when everything around us is swirling.
- God’s Peace WILL Keep Us Sane!
Philippians 4:6-7 King James Version (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Roman Soldier’s Caliga
The Roman soldiers of Biblical times wore military shoes called Caligas. As you can see, in the picture above, they were much more than simple sandals. These shoes were heavy-soled hobnailed military boots. There were openings in the toes, heels, and the like to allow air to pass through as well as to keep the feet from blistering allowing soldiers to cross harsh terrain and stand for prolonged periods of time.
Prints Of Peace
If there is one thing the enemy does not like us having aside from a relationship with God, it is peace of mind. Satan wants nothing more than to drive a wedge between us and God. He wants us to doubt, worry, fear, as well as completely distrust God. The devil desires us uneasy, unbalanced, anxious, worried, and filled with turmoil.
John 10:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Just like the Roman soldiers were equipped with caligas that enabled them to travel great distances over harsh terrain, God equips us as believers with the assurance that we can not only survive but that we can also endure and grow in our faith.
Shalom, meaning “peace” in Hebrew does not describe the absence of strife. Instead, it illustrates harmony as well as wholeness during difficult times. An old hymn captures this well:
|It Is Well With My Soul
Horatio G. Spafford
1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
If the lyrics do not convey it enough, the beautiful hymn’s history will.