Feet of the Godly
Psalm 119:105 (KJB) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
This devotion is the newest installment in our “Spiritually Fit Heart Series.”
Today we are going to take a look at our feet, both physically and of a spiritual nature.
God’s Word is a supernaturally powerful and spiritually alive heavenly book. The Bible both illuminates and carefully carves a divine pathway in this world for the man and woman of God’s feet to walk upon. It offers eternal rest for those who have chosen to enter into a personal relationship with Him.
In a “spiritual nutshell, ” His Word gives spiritual guidance iced with eternal promises, timeless precept, and commandments, and abundantly perpetually blesses those who choose to use their feet to walk in obedience to Him.
God provides His divine pathway but the child of God ultimately chooses in which direction his feet travel; both while sojourning in this world and for his everlasting address in eternity. God offers one divine pathway while the god of this world offers multiple trails, back roads, and alleys for leading man to nowhere except into circles and dead ends in this world and ending in an agonizing demise in the eternal realm.
The physical feet of man help to provide flexible and fluid movement, including forwards, backward, to the sides, and up and down steps. His feet rely upon his entire body including his skeletal structure, brain, muscles, soft tissues, and nerves, heart, circulatory system, and all his organs working in complex synchronization to allow this multifaceted movement. However, when the physical health of man is impeded or challenged in some way his gait and bearing down can also be adversely affected. Many things including poor circulation, broken bones, damaged nerves, disks in the back failing, infections, and chronic diseases, along with a whole host of other possible physical problems can impact his ability to walk.
It is important that the man and woman of God maintain good vibrant health as this can greatly affect his spiritual walk; both physically in this world and of a spiritual nature both now and for all eternity.
In fact, the Bible clearly spells out the importance of the willing feet of man. God describes the feet of a godly man willing to preach the Truth beautiful (Romans 10:14-15, Isaiah 52:7-8). The use of the word beautiful in describing his feet has little or nothing to do with the actual physical appearance of his feet but has all to do with direction and desire of his walk. It is about his willingness to lead others with an unconditional love, godly preaching, and heartfelt spiritual interaction.
God is specific in disclosing the biblical roles, or spiritual shoes a man or woman can fulfill, ultimately bringing honor and glory to Him. God desires mankind to fulfill his or her spiritual role by sowing seeds, witnessing, teaching others, and for men to stand in the pulpit preaching the Truth from His Word.
It always takes a personal relationship with Him, a desire to do His will, and preparation and diligent study in fulfilling God’s role and sharing the Truth of His Word with others. The child of God is not born naturally with feet that an fulfill God’s will for his or her life. In fact, the power and purpose of a man or woman of God are supernatural in nature and can only come by personally knowing God. Mankind naturally desires to oppose holiness and to walk away from things of God. The natural man has feet which walk in alignment with the god of this world.
It takes a movement of the Holy Spirit to spiritually enable a man or woman to walk with God. In fact, it takes a regalia of spiritual armor suited for spiritual battles to prepare and protect every child of God.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians chapter six that even his feet require a special covering:
Ephesians 6:15 (KJB) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
In the sixth chapter of the book of Ephesians, it tells a man about areas of his physical body which must be protected and spiritually shielded by both the indwelling power and presence of God as he is being readied to serve God by sharing His gospel message. The spiritual groundwork is broken and begins with the condition of his heart. It is followed by the shoring up of other vital areas, including the condition and covering of his feet.
An infant is naturally born into this world without being able to physically move about. First. he must learn to hold his neck up, roll over, crawl, followed by learning to walk, and finally having the ability to run. Only with feet prepared for spiritual work by God can a man or woman run the spiritual race God has set forth for them as they sojourn in this world.
Paul talks about the running a spiritual race in this world recorded in the book of Hebrews:
Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJB) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Near the end of Paul’s life, he was also inspired to record details about the running of his race in this world:
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJB) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
What about the inevitable end of your race in this world? When physical death comes knocking on the door of your life in this world there will be no time to make a list of things to “redo” or add to your “bucket list.”
Physical death will come to all mankind as it is clearly reported in God’s Word:
Hebrews 9:27 (KJB) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Physical death ushers in an end to living in the flesh in this world. Death opens the doorway for an existence in the spiritual realm. EVERY individual will appear on his or her feet to stand before God in the eternal realm. Some will run to God and be encircled in His eternal hug in spiritual fellowship with Him forevermore.
All others will stand before God and be judged. They will be cast into the lake of fire because they can no longer run away from God as they chose to do when they were physically alive in this world.
In this world mankind either chooses to use their feet; both physically and spiritually to run to God, or run away from Him. When a man arrives in the eternal realm after facing his physical death he can no longer make a choice to have a personal relationship with God or choose to ignore or run away from Him. Upon death, mankind is either in eternal fellowship with God or is swiftly cast into the lake of fire facing an agonizing eternity without fellowship with God forevermore.
The next devotion in this series will be about the hands of man.
I hope you take some time to read previous devotions in this “Spiritually Fit Heart Series” with links provided here: