Our Master Cobbler

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“And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).


Ever thought about how that all of this preparation is so that we will be at peace?


I love thinking about the Master Cobbler forming our very own pair of sandals.  


First, He cuts the leather. Since He is the “exact representation of His (God’s) nature”, He then is the pattern used to shape our peace (Hebrews 1:3). “He Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14).


Secondly, our Cobbler adds additional material to make a nice thick sole. Not only is Christ your peace, He gives you the additional cushion of peace with God (Romans 5:1).  The original definition of the Greek word for peace means the “tranquil state of the soul – which fears nothing and is content”.  Things are secured between you and God, because things are secure between God and Christ.  


The third step involves pain on our part. As He drives the hobnails into place, He sharply pierces the very essence of the peace we’ve known so far. These painful trials are usually unwelcome, but a necessary element of His peace.  Be assured that He empathizes with us in these trials (Hebrews 4:15).  


The depth of peace is often measured by the magnitude of the trial.  As life pierces the veneer of our souls, we must allow Him to flatten the painful points into sturdy hobnails of strength. “In Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).  Steadfast footing is never a result of avoiding all pain.  God keeps driving nails through our souls in order to strengthen us through discipline and practice (Hebrews 5:14). 


What are some of the hobnails piercing your life right now?  


Pause to ask the Lord to bend their points into elements of strength. Remember, His strength becomes perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).


Next, He stitches up the heel. Not only is He our peace, He promises through the Holy Spirit to keep guiding our feet into paths of peacefulness (Luke 1:79).  “In Your light, we see light” (Psalm 36:9).  As we walk in His Light, we not only find ourselves receiving more Light, we’ll also find ourselves getting along with one another better (1 John 1:7).  We win all the way around! 


Now, put your foot out and allow Him to lace His custom-made peace onto your foot. We can be anxious for nothing because “The Lord is near!” (Philippians 4:5-7).  Christ as your truth settles your past.  Christ as your righteousness assures your present.   And Christ as your peace moves you forward into the future. You are covered from every angle!