I came home yesterday to find my wife had thrown out several pairs of shoes. These shoes have been sitting in a corner next to the front door for so long that I don’t even know how many years exactly. They were no longer used and really were worn out, so I am not sure why she had kept them as is. Good news is that now there is more room by the door.
Which leads me to think about the meaning of shoes in the Bible. In it’s pages we find that shoes represent authority. The one who has it has the power. In Ruth we read where the nearer kinsman took off his shoe and gave it to Boaz to symbolize how he had just turned over his right of redemption to Boaz. In Joshua the Captain of the hosts of heaven (who I believe to be Jesus) tells him to remove his shoe. Joshua was in charge of the nation at this time but he needed to yield to the higher authority of God and receive the battle plan for attacking Jericho. Moses found in the book of Exodus that before God would commission him to deliver the people he had to take off his shoe. And during the whole time that the nation of Israel wandered in the wilderness their shoes didn’t wear out. Because they had the God given authority to conquer the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 29:5). The book of Psalms tells us that the Earth is the Lord’s foot stool.
How much spiritual clutter of shoes have we left by our hearts door, which is keeping Jesus from having the full access to our hearts and lives that he is supposed to have? Perhaps it is time to toss out some of that personal authority we are needlessly clinging on to.


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