If we were a piece of clothing to God, what would we be?

April 18th, 2014

That sounds like a weird question, but Jeremiah claims, in 13:1-11 that we are like a pair of underwear to God. See, I told you that was a weird question, but here’s how the verses go.

Jeremiah was told to buy a new loincloth, a fresh pair of underwear. He did it, and wore them. Then God told him to hide them at a rock near the river. Days later, the underwear was retrieved, and what do you think happened? It was rotted, and not wearable, or even repairable.

What does that mean? It means that when left to our selfish desires, and left alone to our limited human abilitie, the best we can do is lay there and rot. All our pride, and great aspirations are worthless.

That’s not what God wants for us, it’s what we make for ourself. Check out Jeremiah 13:11.

For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen. – Jer 13:11 ESV

Underwear? Think of it though. It’s the most intimate of apparel. It can be beautiful lingerie. It feels silky and smooth against your skin. It can make you feel happy, assured, and confident, and nobody knows your secret for that smile on your face,

God doesn’t want us to be a coat, to fend off the harsh weather. He doesn’t want us to be his fine suit of clothes, for all the universe to see as his outward glory.

Intimate. He wants us to be close to him, as his private and secret glory that puts a smile on his face. Like that silky, clingy bit of underwear that is hanging so close to the skin. Nothing to separate, or come between our full contact with him.

All it takes to have such a close relationship with God is to let him wash us out. Underwear can’t wash itself, but God’s plan has us covered. Jesus lived on Earth, was crucified to pay the price for sin, then rose again to wash all our sin away. Simple. Now it’s up to you. Choose to keep hiding under a rock, and rotting away, or turn to him for help. Keep reading Jeremiah 13, and you’ll see that God is ready to restore you, but the decision is entirely yours.

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