WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 29, 2021
TOPIC: WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES ARE YOU WEARING?
BY T. O. BANSO
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (Genesis 3:7 New King James Version)
Before anyone gets to talk to you and know you, there is an impression that your dressing conveys. The clothes you wear, in particular, pass across a message about you. It may be correct or incorrect. That is why responsible people dress decently and avoid wearing clothes that could convey a wrong message about them.
Sometimes dubious people or criminals also hide their real identity by dressing in a way that makes them appear as responsible people, thereby deceiving others. Many people have become victims of such deception.
There are different kinds of clothes, even in the Bible. The Bible speaks about the garments of priests, which Aaron and his sons must wear (Exodus 28:2-4; 29:5,21, 29; 31:10; 35:19, 21; 39:1, 41; 40:13). Also, the books of Leviticus and Numbers talk about these garments. They were sacred or holy garments for the priests. Anyone who was not a priest was not supposed to wear them.
In Zechariah 3, Satan opposed Joshua the high priest, who was standing before the Angel of the LORD. The high priest was wearing filthy garments. The angel said that the filthy garments should be removed. His iniquity was removed and he was clothed with rich robes and a clean turban was put on his head (verses 1-5).
And the LORD said to Joshua through the angel, “If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk among these who stand here” (verse 7 New King James Version).
Also, the Bible mentions the royal robes. Esther 5:1a says, “On the third day of the fast, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king’s hall” (New Living Translation). Queen Esther’s royal robes would distinguish her from the other women in the palace.
In addition, kings have royal robes they wear. They distinguish them from their subjects. In Acts 12:21, the Bible says, “So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them” (New King James Version).
Furthermore, 2 Samuel 13:18 speaks about the robe of virgins, with respect to Tamar. “Now she had on a robe of many colors, for the king’s virgin daughters wore such apparel. And his servant put her out and bolted the door behind her” (New King James Version). In other words, any girl wearing such a robe was a virgin daughter of the king. It was peculiar to the king’s virgin daughters.
In the Bible, being without clothes is considered a sign of poverty. It shows the person is needy or poor. Such a person will be exposed to cold because he will have no cloth to keep him warm. God expects such people to be clothed as an act of kindness.
Defending his righteousness, Job said in Job 31:19-20, “Whenever I saw the homeless without clothes and the needy with nothing to wear, did they not praise me for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?” (New Living Translation). Similarly, in verses 7 and 16 of Ezekiel 18, the Bible talks about covering the naked with clothing.
Also, Jesus, in Matthew 25:31-46, talks about the righteous clothing Him when He was naked and those on the left hand not doing so. He was talking about caring for others in need, which was equivalent to caring for Him.
One major reason human beings wear clothes is to cover their nakedness. Animals don’t wear clothes! There are other reasons human beings wear including protection against adverse climate. Genesis 3:7 says, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (New King James Version).
This was after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God and they discovered that they were naked. They covered their nakedness with leaves, which God later replaced with something better. “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21, New King James Version). This shows the difference between God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom.
In Genesis 9:23, Shem and Japheth covered the nakedness of Noah with a robe or garment “But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness” (New King James Version). Clothes cover our physical nakedness.
In Ezekiel 16:8, the Bible says concerning Jerusalem, the unfaithful wife, “‘When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,’ says the Lord GOD” (New King James Version).
The absence of clothes exposes someone’s nakedness. Such a person will feel ashamed as it happened in the case of Adam and Eve. However, when someone deliberately wears clothes and exposes his/her nakedness as many people do in the name of fashion or freedom, it doesn’t show a sound state of mind.
Unfortunately, those who deliberately sew a style of clothing that exposes parts of their bodies that are supposed to be covered are not ashamed. They intend that people see their nakedness. This shows something is fundamentally wrong with them. The problem is beyond lack of morals; it is spiritual. They have a sick heart, whether male or female and need prayers. “What a sick heart you have, says the Sovereign LORD, to do such things as these, acting like a shameless prostitute” (Ezekiel 16:30 New Living Translation).
Why would anyone expose his/her nakedness or practise partial or full nudity to attract attention to him/herself? Such people think engaging in the oddity of nudity will turn them into celebrities. They want to be in the news. They want recognition and, therefore, they must do what is obscene. This is a manifestation of poor self-esteem. They are suffering from insecurities or identity crises.
In Luke 8, one of the things the Bible says about the mad man of Gadara is that he had demons and for a long time wore no clothes. “And when He [Jesus] stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs” (verse 27 New King James Version). He was naked because he was suffering from demon-induced insanity. But after Jesus healed him, one of the things the Bible says is that he was “clothed and in his right mind” (verse 35b new King James Version).
Those who wear revealing clothes or intentionally take nude photographs of themselves and post on social media have spiritual problems. They are not in their right mind. They are under demonic influence. They may not admit this but that’s the truth. Until the demon is cast out, decent dressing or responsible behaviour will not appeal to them. When they engage in nudity, they are under the control and influence of Satan. They may be enjoying fame or notoriety now and have a huge fan base plus, possibly, some financial gains, but they and their fans are headed for hellfire if they don’t repent.
What kind of clothes do you wear? What you wear is not everything but it’s important. How you dress sometimes affects people’s perception of you and how they relate to you. This is not endorsing partiality or favoritism against the poor, which James 2:1-4 warns against.
You can’t dress like a prostitute and complain when you’re treated like one. What did you expect? You can’t dress like a rascal and complain when you’re treated accordingly. If you’re a child of God, don’t let your dressing conform to that of the world. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 New King James Version).
Avoid wearing strange garments. Zephaniah 1:8 says, “And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel” (King James Version). The New Living Translation renders “clothed with strange apparel” as “following pagan customs.”
Non-believers could wear the attire of a harlot but don’t join them. “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:10 King James Version). The New Living Translation renders it thus: “The woman approached him, seductively dressed and sly of heart.” Don’t dress seductively. Dress modestly. Maintain your dignity.
What kind of clothes are you wearing? Dress with the right motives. Dress decently. Don’t forget who you are: a child of God. Don’t dress for the world. Don’t dress for attention. It is proof of emptiness. Vanity!
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, heal all those who have a sick heart and are leading others astray with the promotion of nudity. Deliver them and all their fans or followers and save them from hellfire. Holy Spirit, convict all sinners and let them surrender their lives to Jesus. Help them to discover their true identity in God and live for Him.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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