Have you ever gone into a shoe store wearing an old grubby pair of shoes? Your old shoes make the new shoes in the store look so good that you can’t wait to buy a pair and wear them home. But after wearing the new shoes once or twice, you realize that they aren’t as comfortable as you had thought. They will need to be broken in. The temptation comes to return to the old pair of shoes. Ugly as they are, they are still comfortable.
Like owners of new shoes who stubbornly persist on wearing their old worn-out sneakers, we cling to the familiar instead of allowing God to do a new thing in our lives. God may be trying to do a new thing in our lives, but if we keep returning to our old ways, we can’t experience all of the good things He has in store for us.
God tells us in Ezekiel 36:26–27 NKJV, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” When we insist on holding on to old patterns of doubt or sin, we hinder God’s work in our lives. But when we follow God’s ways and obey what He tells us to do, we open the way for Him to bring new blessings and positive change into our lives.
Think about it for a moment. What old shoes is God asking you to leave behind? Let go of the old ways that may be holding you back, as comfortable as they might be, and allow God’s transforming power to change your life and set your feet on the path of a fresh new walk with Him.