Back in ancient times, people relied on traveling messengers to hear the latest news. A messenger who brought good news was considered to have beautiful feet. Great joy and relief greeted any good news from the battlefront, especially regarding the safety of loved ones.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, he quotes a well-known verse from Isaiah which says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” God wants us to be his messengers and share the good news of peace and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. He has accomplished a great victory over death and sin—man’s greatest enemies. However, the only way to receive the good news is to hear the bad news that people are sinners in need of a Savior. It’s a message that most people don’t want to hear.
Heaven rejoices when Christians make the effort of traversing the difficult path of unrepentant hearts. God looks upon the dirty and dusty feet of a well-traveled messenger and sees them as beautiful. With a heart rejoicing over God’s approval of us as his messengers, we accept this privilege and responsibility with thankful hearts.
Our prayer can be:
“Lord Jesus, I want to have beautiful feet like Yours. You brought and shared your good news while here on earth. Now you desire me to go out and continue sharing until you come again. As I dirty my feet, make them beautiful, and strong, and willing. I know You are always at my side. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.”