SO WHAT’S YOUR FOOTING, HOW’S YOUR BASE?
“….Stand against the wiles of the devil…..that you may be able to withstand….stand therefore….having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6
The apostle Paul’s words of encouragement and exhortation to the believers in Ephesus was a word that they had to hear. But this word was more than for just head knowledge. It was spoken to spur these believers to stand firm in their faith, in the truth of Scripture and sound doctrine, and to be able to be strong and solid in their battles with the demons of hell.
Paul often used word pictures of athletic contests (boxing, wrestling, running), and soldiering, (defending and protecting oneself and his comrades in battle). These were analogies that the people to whom he was speaking could relate.
To stand in an athletic contest means that the athlete must have a solid base. That base will determine one’s body position in proper form and stance depending upon the contest entered. A weak stance (base) will guarantee a poor performance and most likely will result in that athlete’s inability to win the competition.
And the soldier must also have a sure footing. Paul encouraged the believers in Ephesus to have their feet shod with the gospel of peace. The Roman soldiers would have nails placed in their footwear to assure a more solid grip in the ground during combat. Today, in baseball, football, soccer, and rugby games, the athletes wear spiked shoes to assist their footing. Even in track and field, athletes wear spiked shoes to give them greater grip to run a faster race.
So, what’s the believer’s footing? It must be anchored solidly in the message of the Gospel of peace. You see, believers, because of their faith in God and knowing He is on their side, can stand firm in His promises. They are assured of His presence with them always. And it is this confidence of divine support that allows the believer to stand firm, knowing that because he is at peace with God through Christ, the Lord is his strength.