Verse of the Day Devotion: Ephesians 6:15
“and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.” – Ephesians 6:15
I want to start with the several verses that introduce this idea Paul is putting forth. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:10-13. He is telling us to put on the full armor of God for the following reason, that we can stand firmly against the powers of the enemy, namely the sly schemes of the devil.
The next part of our armor is the feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. The idea is that we will be prepared for any attack that comes our way. A soldier in ancient Rome had to be prepared for battle when an enemy comes upon them. He had to study how his enemy attacked and also when he went into defense mode. He had to have studied their ways in order to be confident in his strategy. In football, if a coach studies his opponents and finds a weakness in their offensive line, he will no doubt focus his attacks in that area in order to gain as much yardage as possible. This is the idea here. We must be ready for any attack of the enemy so that we can hold our ground.
Back then, a soldier’s battle shoes were studded with spikes or nails, similar to cleats today. This was done to help him keep his balance in combat. It was well known that if he lost his footing and fell before his enemy, it would not matter how prepared he was for battle, the enemy now had the upper hand and It would not matter all that much how well armored he was. We must always be ready to fight the battle, to remain firm in our convictions, assist our brothers and sister in Christ when needed, and to spread the gospel when the opportunity arises. “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2.
We must be ready to come against the enemy’s attacks in order to protect ourselves and anyone else we defend. We must be assured of the calling God has given us no matter how difficult it is. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:13-14. If we have something negative happen to us and we are struggling heavily, we can stand firmly on His word where it says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
If our feet are shod with the gospel of peace, then no matter what happens to us, being fully committed to God and His ways, and understanding that we are saved and under the protection of Christ, we can be at peace. Isaiah put it best when he said, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4. Be steadfast and firmly footed in your confidence in God, for it is through this that peace resides.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.