Footprints in the sand?

22 03 2012

The famous ‘’footprints in the sand’’ written in 1936 by Mary Stevenson is generally well known all over the Western world. I have even seen it posted on the back of bathroom doors and in many card and novelty shops. Because of its popularity, it has encouraged phrases like, ‘’The Lord Jesus carried me through this very difficult time’’ or “Jesus walked with me”.

Where does this idea originate from? It comes from the Old Testament.

Leviticus 26:11-12 KJV  And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.  (12)  And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Religion and tradition has taught that we are separate and detached from God and because of this error, Christians see in their minds eye, two sets of footprints in the sand of their lives – one set of footprints being the Lord Jesus, and the other set our own! This two set of footprint story may sound good and comforting and soothe the carnal mind, but it is a new creation impossibility! It may be possible if we lived in the Old Testament under the Law of Moses before Christ, or if we are unbelievers being separated from Christ.

As believers at the moment of salvation we are joined to the Lord Jesus Christ and we become one with Him and with God – 1 Cor 6:17. We cannot be separated from Christ because He is in us. He is not outside of us but inside – 2 Cor 13:5. Wherever we go He goes and whatever we do He does because we cannot be separated from Him – Romans 8:35;39.

In the Old Testament God set up His Tabernacle among the Israelites and He walked among them:

Leviticus 26:11-12 KJV  And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.  (12)  And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

The word among tells us that God and His people were separate from each other.

Paul however says something incredible in 2 Corinthians concerning the same scripture but he quotes Leviticus 26:11-12 slightly differently, with major implications to us believers:

2 Corinthians 6:16 KJV  …. for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Paul understood something that every one of us needs to grasp, the gospel of Christ – according to the revelation of the mystery: Christ in us the hope of glory. Paul understood that it was no longer himself who lived but it was Christ living in him.

In closing there is only one set of footprints in the sand of our lives, and they are not ours, they are the Lords.

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