Across time and cultures, people have made shoes from a variety of materials. The wooden shoes of the Dutch, deer skin moccasins of Native Americans, and sandals from old automobiles tires among the Maasi, are a few that come to mind. Traditionally, the material used has been dictated by the type of terrain where the shoes would be worn and the availability of suitable material to produce them. Possibly the most common material used has been leather. However, many synthetic materials have become increasingly popular in the modern era.
One of the most unusual materials for footwear is mentioned is the Bible, “Your sandals shall be iron and bronze” (Deuteronomy 33:25). Asher was one of Jacob’s sons. His family inheritance, it seems, was rugged ground with an abundance of sharp, flinty rocks. Asher’s portions would require more than simple sandals suitable for soft sand and smooth paths. God does not promise sunshine without rain or joy without pain, but His promise to Asher, as it is to you and me, was “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 35:25).
The Lord, in His divine wisdom, has not placed all people on the same type of landscape. Some reside in arid, rough places like Asher, others on well-watered plains. “But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that” (1 Corinthians 7:7). God’s promise is that whatever our portion, He will provide us with suitable ‘shoes’ according to our needs.
- “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
- “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).
When the Apostle Paul had to walk through a particular hard place, the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul concluded that what seemed to be a bad ‘lot in life’ was not an occasion to complain. It was rather a blessing to be embraced so that “the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9b). The Lord will provide us with shoes appropriate for our particular journey. God reminded the Hebrew’s that during their forty years in the wilderness, “your sandals have not worn out on your feet” (Deuteronomy 29:5).
Prayer: May you journey through life “having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).
~ Brother Roy