One of the cutest things our children do when they just start walking, is to try on mommy or daddy’s shoes. You stare amazed at them, thinking they might fall, but amazingly they balance and are having a great time. Even my eight year old had a good laugh when he tried on my slippers the other day. It all made me think…..
We all grew out of our small shoes at one point or other and our feet started to fill our adult shoes. I am very happy that at a stage my feet stopped growing!!! 🙂
On an emotional and spiritual level, we must keep on growing. Our feet must grow out of our immature shoes into the ultimate shoes – the shoes of Jesus – and it can be fun! Can we as adults go back and try it and have fun? Luckily if His shoes are our ultimate goal, we will never become “”too big for our shoes”” as one of His characteristics were His humbleness.
I think there are three categories, or stages in this growth area. First you need to ensure that you do not have feet of clay, then you need to start avoiding all the traps that are out there and lastly you can stand firm on shaky ground.
Let us start looking at how to change our feet of clay.
If you have feet of clay, you might find that you struggle to be able to stand up when you fall down easily.
Can you stand up for yourself? Can you stand up for what you believe in? Can you stand up against attacks? Can you stand firm in your moral values?
It reminds me of the dream Daniel had (Dan 2) for the king and the resulting message to the king. I think this is where the saying comes from ”feet of clay”. Do you have feet of clay? Maye you need someone or something to get you back on your feet again? Even King David struggled with this.
Ps 56:13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Ps 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Ps 116:8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,
What I see most of the Bible heroes did was to run towards the Truth, even though the circumstances was difficult.
Job 23:11 My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
Which path are you following? Are you courageous enough to against the masses in the world?
Ps 119: 59, 101-105 59 I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
Prov 1:15 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;
Get back to the WORD of God – there you will find all the wisdom you need to be able to become steadfast.
Ps 18:30-33 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights
Prov 3:20-26 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. 21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
His Word is so powerful that it can take dead bones and make it walk again. You might feel dead inside, but the Word of God can breathe life back into your bones.
Eze 37:9-10 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army
And it can make you more than steadfast, you can become nimble as well.
Hab 3:19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
If you have feet of clay, go find truth in the Word of God and cling to it – you will find that He will pull you back up on your feet and make you steadfast and nimble.