Lamentations 3:22-24 –
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
In Genesis 2:25, the bible tells us that Adam and Eve were naked and not ashamed. When I ponder what I would be like to walk around naked in my daily life (not to mention just in my bathroom!), it is hard to imagine, really. In Genesis 3:7, they realize their state and make fig leaves coverings, and by Genesis 3:11 God asks them who had told them they were naked.
Why so much time spent on this clothing issue??
Close your eyes and think on that one thing (or two or three…) that you would never want the world to know. Stir up that mistake, sin, or dark thought that would crush your grandmother’s heart.
That crushes yours.
Recognition of the darkness within us makes us feel naked. Exposed. God’s original intention for His people, however, was to experience the freedom of not having to hide anything – of walking in the movement of grace, and capacity to embrace fully, their greatest potential; celebrating every day within His presence.
Sin robs us of this liberty.
His goal has always been, and always will be, full relationship with us. When we hide ourselves from Him, it burdens His heart. So, like a heavy scarlet robe, God laid the blood of His son Jesus across our deficiencies to cover us, restoring our vulnerability and purity before Him once and for all.