Thought for the
Week - 28th February 2021
As a youngster I had treatment for conditions on my feet. Aged 12, I visited a Chiropodist on several occasions to have some verrucas removed. It was a quite long and painful experience getting rid of them. I went away on my first scout camp with a special sealant over them to prevent infecting others.
A few years later I experienced the extreme itchiness from having athletes foot. I recall one day at school - when the irritation was so severe - I took my shoe off outside and scratched the bottom of my foot along the ground to get relief. (Not a recommended treatment!)
A few years ago; a corn appeared on my left foot, causing pain, especially when walking down the many steps leading into town. I had a chiropodist visit at home to treat this foot problem, and I was amazed at how painless it was as she used a scalpel to cut away the layers of thickened skin. To date, my feet are now sorted!
It’s not surprising, many of us may find feet unattractive. They sweat, they smell, nails need constant attention and they may have some unsightly bumps.
Having said that, the Bible talks about us having beautiful feet. The prophet Isaiah announced, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation ...” (Isaiah 52:7)
Tired, dirty and perspiring feet are seen as beautiful when they walk to share and example the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul wrote to believers in Ephesus and used the illustration of putting on all the pieces of a Roman soldier’s armour - to describe how we can be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
When it came to footwear Paul said, “... and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15)
The gospel of peace is the Good News that we can know peace with God - forgiveness for our sins as we look to Jesus. Living in right-relationship with God enables us to be prepared and have a firm-footed stability as we are called to live out and share this gospel of peace.
As we continue to read and study God’s word we will continually discover it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (See Psalm 119:105)
This week, as we tend to our feet, or put our shoes on, we can remind ourselves of these two things. Firstly, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we have peace with God. We can stand firm in the confidence and security this brings. (See Romans 5:1) Secondly; through the power of the Holy Spirit, God strengthens and enables us to be His messengers of the Good News of Jesus, as we share the gospel through our faith and deeds.
Living as God’s people – we all have beautiful feet!