Iron Shoes

  Turn to the Book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament of the Bible and read from the 33rd chapter, verses 25 through 27.  May I print it as it reads in the King James Version verse 25 “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass.”  No matter what version you read from, God here is lifting the veil of the future for some of His chosen people to see.  It was as if in these words, God was saying to them, ‘your road is going to be so rough that you will need iron shoes in order to walk.’  Then, He adds the assurance of three beautiful and precious promises.   

  The first promise is, “Your strength will equal your days.” 
Christians have the promise that no matter what may come, God wil give strength which will be sufficient.  God’s supply is always adjusted to the need.  God has promised that He wil not forsake or fail us.  We all will have days of affliction, days of darkness and want, but remember Christians, God will give you strength sufficient for your day whatever it brings.     

  The second promise is, “The eternal God is your refuge.”
We need a place of refuge, for there  are times in life when life is too much for us and we cannot keep our chin up.  We are wounded and sick at heart.  Remember, Christian, God is our refuge, our present help in times of  trouble.  God has given us such places of refuge as prayer, His Word (the Bible), fellowship with being a part of His body, the Church.  Make use of these places of refuge. 

  The third promise is: “Underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Perhaps the writer saw this promise demonstrated.  He had seen an eagle teach its young to fly.  The old eagle would take its  young upon its back and fly high into the sky.  Then, tilting her wings, the young bird would slid off into space.  Fluttering, screeching, screaming, the young bird would drift earthward.  But, the old eagle would circle around the young bird and long before it reached the sharp rocks below, the old eagle would glide under her young, catching it on her back.  Then, up they would go again, repeating this time and time again.  it was as if the old eagle was saying to her young. “See you cannot fall, for underneath are the everlasting wings.”  How much each of us need God’s protection and support.  So, the writer declares, “Underneath are the everlasting arms (of God).”

  Wear the iron shoes which God has provided to help you journey through this world.   The iron shoes are  His promises.  Lean heavily upon the promises of God for they will steady you and keep you faithful and sure in the midst of the storms of life. 

“What God Hath Promised”

“God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.”

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