For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
Finding clothes I like, at the price I want to pay, that are comfortable and stylish is a challenge. For me, shopping requires planning and preparation. Not too long ago I went ISO pants suitable for work. I knew it would not be easy. I ate a hearty breakfast for energy. I wore an outfit that would be easy to take off and put back on so I would not end up a wrinkled mess when I was done. A pair of flat, comfortable shoes were an important tactical decision. I picked “pizza day” to shop so I would not need to rush home to make dinner, just make a phone call to arrange delivery. I was focused, I was prepared, I was determined. I hit the racks, flipping aside hanger after hanger of rejects and pulling the rare but possible contender. Two hours later, after three rounds in the dressing room, trying on 18 pairs of different pants all labeled as the same size – victory!! One pair fit perfectly, was the color I wanted, were on sale. I drove home tired and happy with one pair of pants and two matching tops. Can I get an “Amen”, sisters?!?
My search to find “just the right thing” is a pale reflection of the desire God has given us to dress appropriately. Isaiah 61:10 describes the beautiful and perfect outfit God has chosen for me.
- The garment of salvation – a brand new garment that fits me perfectly because it was designed by the Master Designer just for me, the perfect size, the right price – FREE. The garment that cost me nothing cost Jesus everything.
- The robe of righteousness – red, the same red as the blood Jesus shed on the cross. When God sees me, He sees the red robe, He declares that I am in right standing before Him. He sees nothing else.
- The bridegroom’s garland – a fragrant ring of colorful flowers that encircle the neck of the happy groom. Each flower, joined together in an unbroken circle representing the complete joining of the groom to his bride; Jesus, the groom, I, the bride.
- The bride’s jewels – each one carefully chosen to adorn and enhance the beauty of the lovely bride; each jewel represents my treasure preserved and saved for this special day, this moment. The bride herself is a jewel, rare, precious, highly valued.
God’s outfit is simple, it is not one size fits all or even most. It fits me and it is glorious. God’s outfit for you will be same but different, your garland, your jewels will be unique to you and fit you perfectly. God dresses me and sees me in my outfit already; I will not see myself in it until I get to heaven. On that day, my clothes shopping days will be over forever and I will not need or want any other clothing. Hallelujah – I cannot wait!!