. . .and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
We must be alert, ready, and watchful at all times to fight the schemes of the enemy. Peter tells us that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8) The Roman soldier of that time wore protection, even on his feet. If his feet were disabled, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to fight in battle. Just like the soldiers, we must wear “spiritual armor” on our feet. Ephesians 6:15 says we are to have our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. The Word of God is the means of “readying” our feet for action. Jesus used the Word of God to fight the enemy when He was in the wilderness. When the devil challenged Him to turn the stones into bread after a prolonged period of fasting, Jesus used Scripture as His weapon against him. (Matthew 4:4)
We must read the Word, study the Word, meditate on the Word, and know the Word so that we will be armed and ready for any battle with the enemy. When many of the disciples deserted Jesus, He asked the twelve disciples if they too wished to leave Him. Peter answered: Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)
Jesus’ words bring us life. Where do you need to be revived? As you read His Word today, ask the Holy Spirit to bring life into any area that seems lifeless.
Like Peter, I believe that there is nowhere else to go for the words of eternal life except to You. I pray that You will “ready” my feet with Your Word, protect me against the lies of the enemy, and prepare me to stand in the hope that Your Word brings.
In Jesus’ name, Amen