“The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”
Did you enjoy watching the Olympics this year? Watching world records being broken and all the amazing stories of the athletes was pretty cool!
A while ago, my piano teacher and I started talking about the Olympics and some of the problems that have happened during it – the cycling track was making people fall, the diving pool turned green because of the algae, etc. But bigger and sadder than all the other stuff that’s been messed up is this: When the modern Olympics first started, it was believed to bring world peace. After the Olympics started, though, World War I and II broke out. You really can’t have a bigger ‘world peace’ crisis than a World War… The Cold War also started several years after.
There is only one thing that can bring this world peace, and it’s Jesus. Ephesians 2:13-14 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, …” Christ Himself is OUR PEACE. We look to so many things in this world to bring us peace, but the only thing that can bring us true peace is being found in Christ!
In Paul’s time, a Roman soldier’s shoes had spikes on the bottom of them so that they could stand firm in the midst of battle on swampy or rocky ground. They would dig their spikes into the ground so they wouldn’t slip. Ephesians talks about how one of the pieces of the armor of God is the ‘shoes of peace.’ When we have Christ in us, we can dig the spikes on the bottom of our ‘shoes of peace’ into the ground and stand tall in this world. Let us stand firm in Christ with our “shoes of peace”!