about you? Do they show that God has given you;
“Beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Is. 61:3 The word “garment” in Hebrew teaches us to wrap or cover ourselves. I get the idea we should wrap ourselves in obedience like a beautiful gift where no intruders can infiltrate our minds and take away our purposes and goals.
“Awake, awake, … clothe yourself with strength. Put on your garments of splendor….” Is. 52:1
“…in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. 1 Peter 5:5
“… as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience.” Col. 3:12
I looked at my unpacked suitcase from a few recent trips and looked around in my walk-in closets and shut the doors and ran away. But, where did I run? Why to the store, internet shopping to store up more. Why? Because I can’t seem to wrap my mind around God’s way. God uses words like “worthless useless linen…when they refused to listen to God’s words and obey…: (Jeremiah 13)
I read many passages from God’s Word and wrote this, then walked across my room to do an errand, like get my coffee to help with the disdain of my behavior about my clothing. BEHOLD! my eyes fell upon the beautiful colorful catalogues for shopping that I had stacked up to read. Did I look? Of course I did for a brief moment. My eye-gate got the best of me for a brief moment because I had not put on the right eyeglasses. My fake New York designer frames felt better to my ego.
Many of us may recall a story of a man and woman that sinned and then ran and hid or tried to hide from God. Likewise until I get dressed in proper attire I may be a fugitive on the run from God. I need to strip off, strip down, and strip away all those parasitic sins that so easily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangle me. Hebrews 12:1 (parts from amp and message)
We are to run with endurance the race God has set before us. A runner knows how to dress appropriately, do we? Our vine dresser will reveal our secret heart pockets. Like when one enters security check points, empty your pockets, place in basket and let our x-ray eyes read your intent.
Yes, thank You, O Lord, for the garment of praise for any heaviness we may have!