You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. -Psalms 18:36 (NASB)
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. -Ephesians 6:15 (NLT)
Ever been driving down a stretch of road and then hit a slippery patch? Maybe it’s ice, or a puddle, or gravel. For a few harrowing moments, your car might slip and slide, and you’re doing some white knuckle wrenching of the wheel to hopefully avoid a spin or crash.
In a car, we have just four little patches of tire tread that connect our vehicle to the road. It’s crucial that those four contact points are well-maintained, because they are your car’s footing, determining how your car moves and maneuvers.
Then, add the factor of the road you’re on. Ideally, we’d all love to drive down smooth roads, with no bumps or cracks or debris or slippery patches on them. But, life is a lot like that unpredictable road. Sometimes we just won’t know what’s coming up…but we can be surefooted.
Jesus is our footing. Faith in His provision–no matter what the road ahead is like–is our traction. The Good News gives us thick, deep grooves in our tires to dig into slippery patches and recover quickly.
I spun my wheels for 40 years, driving aimlessly, not having a destination or even a path. But Jesus gives us the best destination, and the only path to get there…and the right equipment to get us from here to there. Have you checked your tires lately?
Matt Redman’s classic “Heart of Worship” brings us back to basics in our walk.