Shoes that never rot and feet that don’t swell[1].  What a deal while walking around in the wilderness for forty years!  There were no Sudoku puzzles, smartphones, tweets, or televisions to occupy one’s time or mind.  Can you imagine the sounds of that day?  Put yourself there for a minute.  Just people and animals making all of the strange noises we/they do, children playing, the buzz of conversation, tones of nature and even quiet.

I wonder if anyone ever talked about their feet or wanting to get a new set of duds?  Were they aware of the supernatural details and grateful, or did they take it for granted – the manna, the everlasting clothes, shoes, simple and yet important things like their feet not swelling.  God’s divine enablement to walk where they were to walk.

“I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet” Deuteronomy 29:5

If there is one thing that I am aware of when I am hiking, running, or walking for any significant distance, it is my feet!  I have tender feet.  As a child I could never run over stones, much less walk on them without wincing!  The older I have grown, the more I buy for comfort over style with every purchase.

As the Israelites were sojourning through the dust of the earth, God was deeply aware of the need for their feet to be kept.  He is a God who is in the details, little and big. With all the mayhem in the daily news, there is one thing that keeps coming to my heart.

“How are your feet?”

I have been struck with the simplicity of how profound God’s peace is in a world that seems riddled by the tyranny of otherwise.  In the New Testament the one thing, of ALL the things the angels could have pronounced, they declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).  Peace on earth.  Reallly?

This must mean that peace is found in the one who had touched down – Jesus, the Christ child.  Amidst the mass murder of babies by the officials in the land, and Mary, Joseph, and infant Jesus having to flee for their lives, there is a standing declaration of peace pronounced in the the heavenlies [2].  Jesus the anointed One has come.  His is here.  Jesus the Prince of Peace has affection in His heart for man and is bidding them good will.  Jesus has come to bring peace to man where there was once no peace or possibility for it.

So amidst the reports and sounds of Boston, Texas, and the horror of Gosnell, how is life under your roof?  How are your feet?  Paul describes that we wear certain clothes and shoes that don’t wear out.  The armor of Christ.  His salvation on our heads, His righteousness upon our breast, His truth banded about the waist, His peace on our feet (The Gospel), carrying His faith and His sword[3].  These NEVER wear out.

So how are your feet?  Run swiftly to Jesus.  Put on daily and out loud, His clothes just like you put on your clothes in the morning before heading out the door.  His peace is tangible, even if you are fleeing for your life, because every stride is can be taken in peace that NEVER spoils or fades.

He’s got your feet!


[1] Deuteronomy 8:4
[2] Matthew 2:13-14; 16
[3] Ephesians 6:13