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The Same Old Shoes! - Deuteronomy 29:2-6

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The Same Old Shoes!

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Deuteronomy 29:2-6
 Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them:
   Your eyes have seen all that the LORD did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders. But to this day the LORD has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear. Yet the LORD says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the LORD your God.”

It is no secret that I LOVE SHOES!  I most especially love my stilettos. I like high heels, pointy toes, platforms, wedges, strappy, sassy, colorful, rhinestone, flowery, satin, leather, suede, and Hallelujah Hot pairs of shoes! In fact, I want you to know that my obsession is justified in scripture – at least to me it is. (LOL) For “As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” [Romans 10:15]  Ok.  So, I know that might be a stretch but you cannot fault a girl for trying!  And I am not at this time seeking counsel or deliverance from this obsession.  I love MY shoes!  I will admit that I also have a hard time parting with my shoes.  It does not matter how long I have had them or how often I have not worn them or how ridiculously invasive my shoes take over my closet and floor space or even how badly the heel needs to be fixed, I have a problem with releasing my shoes.  I love MY shoes!  I actually have a fleeting moment of grief when I do have to release any pair of my shoes or when a pair gets scratched or altered in any way from their original appearance.  Yes, BlogFam, it is bad! But I love MY shoes!  And I do not expect for you to share this same obsession because many of you have your own “thing” that brings you as much joy and comfort as my shoes bring to me.  My shoes make me smile! **CHEESE**

Now, I will say this.  I do not know what I would have done if I was one of the Children of Israel, walking around for forty years in the same old shoes!  I just do not know what I would have done!  I think I would have had to ask Moses to come up with a plan so I could expand my shoe wardrobe but then again, he probably would have been a little busy communing with God.  I probably could utilize the creativity of those men and women who spearheaded the Golden Calf project!  They obviously had some idle time and resources that could have gone into the shoe-making business instead of that idolatry foolishness! 

Then again, Friends, the scripture tells us, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.”  Perhaps, in some miraculous way, the Lord God would have made the sandals on my feet look new or at least feel that way.  I cannot imagine how in forty years, their clothes nor their shoes were tattered or torn.  I know that these days, if you buy a cheap pair of shoes and wear them for forty hours, your feet will be killing you and you will probably run to put those shoes in the trash!  But, in this scripture, the Lord says that He sustained them by extending the durability of the things they needed to protect their bodies.  This is a miracle! 

The people had already seen with their own eyes what the Lord had done in Egypt to Pharoah, to all his officials and to all his land.  With their own eyes they saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders. And even with this knowledge they still did not have a revelation about the identity of the Almighty.  Even after forty years since their freedom, the LORD had not given them a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.
Is this your testimony?  Do you really have any idea who has freed you, delivered you, sustained you, kept you, fought for you, fed you, and protected you for ALL these years?  How many things in our lives have we neglected to give God thanks and praise for simply because we have not yet reached our Promised Land?  Are you the type of man or woman who will thank God in the wilderness and the valley while you are still wearing the same old clothes and shoes?  OR are you waiting to give God a shout out when you have crossed over into your Promised Land and reached your mountaintop and can now afford to buy new clothes and new shoes?  If you are waiting and holding back your adoration of the One who is continuing to keep your clothes and your shoes from wearing out in the wilderness, then like the Children of Israel - With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders. But to this day the LORD has NOT given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.

My sistas and brothas, EVERYTHING that the Lord is doing on your behalf in this season is so that you might know that “I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD!” Period.  There is something about knowing the Lord in the same old shoes!  There are stories in those shoes that cannot be told in a brand new pair of shoes.  The old shoes have been places where your new shoes have never been.  The old shoes have the honor of having been with you in the hardest times when you did not know if you would be able to keep on keeping on.  The new shoes do not fit like the old shoes – yet.  They are new and different and while they may prove to be just as resourceful and reliable as your old shoes, the old shoes have already passed that test.  And for some reason – well, the ONLY reason that the Lord has kept your old shoes from wearing out is so that you might know the Lord God and honor the Lord God as the Almighty One so richly deserves.

Perhaps this is the real reason why it is hard for me to part with my old shoes.  They have been there for me in ways that my new shoes have not yet been.  I really appreciate this text on today because too often, after ALL that the Lord God has done for us, we still do not see or hear or comprehend that it is the Lord’s doing and it is should be celebrated as marvelous in our eyes, ears, and minds. EVERYTHING that the Lord does is so that we will KNOW Him.  Period.  I know it sounds simple and not so deep, but it is real.  In this passage, we see that this is the reason that the Lord God gives through Moses, to the people and it is true for us today.  And because we know Him, then we are to respond to His grace through prayer, praise, worship, and service in the Kingdom of God. 

BlogFam, today, I pray that we would all be grateful for the same old shoes.  I pray that as we look back over all that the Lord God has done for us, that we would have the eyes to see, the ears to hear and the mind to comprehend that it was Him.  I pray that we would not rush to our Promised Land without being grateful for the miracles that sustained us in the wilderness.  I pray that today we would ask God to help us to know Him in a special way – not just for what God is able to do but for who God is.  Lastly, I pray that when our new shoes arrive, that we would not be careless with how we receive the new ones or with how we release the old ones.  I pray that we would be wise stewards of our new shoes and however God chooses to use us in new places, with new people, I pray that we would never forget those old shoes that got us there. 

 “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet… I did this so that you might know that I am the LORD your God.”

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