When my world seems to be falling apart, how am I supposed to shod my feet with the gospel of peace?
The kids are wearing out my name, "MOM!" ... The house needs this and that... Meals need to be prepared even if I'm not the one who's hungry. And yes, then there are family, friends and finances too, So many things in life that all crave for a part of me and what am I supposed to shod my feet with? Peace you say, really?
I know I've read it over and over. I've heard it in numerous sermons. And yes, I've even studied it in Bible Study groups, but how? How do I shod my feet with the Gospel of peace when the world is whirl-winding around me?
While I was having lunch with a friend a few weeks ago, she asked me a question. A very serious one at that, "Is anyone really happy?" A very legitimate question I would say, wouldn't you?
I bet you're wondering how I answered that. Well, before I opened my mouth, I kinda wondered what I'd say too. "Only with Christ in the center can anyone of us be happy."
Don't you just love it when the Holy Spirit takes over? But in all reality, it's the truth. We can never be happy or attempt to walk in peace without Christ. The world as we know it bears too many burdens and too much pain ... And, no matter how we look up to people and love them to the moon and back, no one is perfect.
So, the only way to truly be happy and to walk in peace no matter what we are facing is to have Christ at the center and look to Him. In John 14:27 Jesus clearly states," Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
I know how many times I've tried to juggle so many things or believed that I was somebody's savior, only to end up in a web of stress. It's only when I get to the end of my rope and finally sit before the Lord, do I find relief. Over and over, I can hear Him speak to my aching heart, "Let go. Give it to Me and be at peace."
Yep. There it is. That word, peace... and just as Jesus said. Not as the world gives, but through giving it to Him. When we let go, when we let God handle our situation, will the peace finally flow like a river from Him, through Him and for His glory ... Amen. Amen. and Amen.
Eph: 6 13-17(NASB), 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. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."