Day 2: Tame It! Taming Our Feet
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105, ESV).
Even though it’s not easy to hear (or admit) it, our natural tendency is to go against God. The more we understand what the Bible says about how we are meant to tame our bodies, the more clear that truth becomes. But God wants us to live according to His design, and He cares how we use every part of our bodies. Today, we’ll look at how He wants us to use our feet.
First of all, it’s important to understand that the Bible mostly speaks of our feet as a picture of how we live. And that analogy makes sense—our feet represent where we go, what we do, and really, who we are. But, as I said earlier, our tendency isn’t to use them in a way that pleases God. That’s why we are warned to “watch the path of our feet” (Proverbs 4:26, NASB). And Jesus also reminded us of this when He said, “If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell” (Mark 9:45). This is exactly like His warning about our eyes, and it’s just as true for our feet. They can cause us to sin, and if they do, we have to be willing to cut everything out of our lives that contributes to that.
But just because it’s our tendency doesn’t mean it’s what we have to choose. We can always choose what honors God; we can always choose Christ. That is exactly how (or where) we tame our feet—at Jesus’ feet. That may sound strange, but when the Bible speaks about His feet, it’s really referring to His presence. For example, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to learn: “She [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching” (Luke 10:39). People brought those who were sick into His presence so He could heal them: “Great crowds came to Him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at His feet, and He healed them” (Matthew 15:30). His presence brought understanding, His presence brought healing, His presence brought blessing—and it was His feet that represented that.
Just as these people did, we need to intentionally place ourselves at His feet (in His presence). That is accomplished when we go to the Word of God. The book of Proverbs tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (119:105). When we read God’s Word, understand it, and apply what it says to our lives, we will know where to go and what to do, because we will know more of God Himself.
This takes diligence; we have to have an attitude like the psalmist, who wrote, “I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep Your word” (Psalm 119:101). When we cut out what is sinful in our lives and fill it with the Word of God, we will be able to use our feet in a way that pleases Him. That is worth every effort.
What does that look like? Well, just as Jesus’ feet were used to bless others, ours can be too. The Bible actually says our feet can be beautiful, and as strange as that sounds, it’s true. When the apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Rome, he quoted the prophet Isaiah: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15). As we use our lives to share Jesus with others, what God is doing through us—yes, even through our feet—is beautiful.
Even though our feet can lead us to do what is wrong and what is against God, He doesn’t intend that we use them that way. He wants us to tame our feet for His glory. He wants us to use them like Jesus did. We should follow the example of people who lived while Jesus did: “They came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him” (Matthew 28:9).
How often are we at His feet? May we all strive, with God’s help, to use our feet for His glory so we are able to say, “My steps have held fast to Your paths; my feet have not slipped” (Psalm 17:5).