Shoe problems just stink. Breaking a high-heel. Ripping off a shoelace. Tearing a hole in the side of a sneaker. Whatever the issue may be, it’s always a huge bummer. When our shoes go out of commission, it causes everything to slow down and stop.
Understanding shoe struggles, we don’t have to be a basketball fan to be shocked by what happened on Wednesday night to Duke’s freshman star Zion Williamson. Just 36 seconds into the game, Zion had the ball and went to make a routine cut to his right. As he put his weight on his left foot, his Nike shoe utterly failed. He blew out the entire side of the shoe and his entire socked foot came under the stadium lights, leaving his shoe up on his calf. Unfortunately, the failed shoe also resulted in a sprained knee for Zion and an early exit from the game. Duke never could bounce back and lost the game to North Carolina. In a heavily ironic fashion, Duke happens to be 4 years into a 12-year deal with Nike as the exclusive supplier of their uniforms, shoes, and apparel.
When we think about the different type of clothing, shoes are vital because they are the foundation. If we rip a hole in a shirtsleeve or tear open the knee of our jeans, we can still function without much difficulty. If a shoe fails, it’s usually a much more significant ordeal.
It’s not all that different spiritually. In an almost pun-like fashion, the very groundwork of our spiritual lives is our soul. Over time we may receive nicks in our armor, but we must keep our souls firmly planted on the foundation of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). It can be a daunting challenge though.
We will encounter false teachers who will try to “unsettle our souls” (Acts 15:24; Ephesians 4:14). Sin is always a sure cause of distress and trouble for our soul (Romans 2:9) and will quite literally wage war against our souls (1 Peter 2:11). Satan would like nothing more than to cause us to trip, slip, or tip away from the Lord.
So let’s keep in mind how to stay firmly planted. Remember that our hope anchors our souls to the Lord (Hebrews 6:19). Don’t forget that our faith “preserves our souls” (Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:9). Always be sure to apply God’s word to your life so that it can “save your soul” (James 1:21).
No matter what soul problems arise in the future, always take that step back to the Lord. He is the only place where we will not fall because He is the almighty “Guardian of our souls” (1 Peter 2:25).