Does God care how I dress?
Girls! Our dress and appearance is something very powerful. It is one of the most important ways we have as women to communicate and send a message about our hearts, our values and what we believe.
So here the question: What do your clothes and your appearance say about you?
Young women today are sending a message, and many of them know exactly what message they are sending, but some are simple and naive. They do not realize what they are saying. They have been so influenced in this culture; They don't know any other way of thinking about clothing.
Many are playing with fire in the way they dress. Dressing like an easy girl says to the world: Look at me! Wish me!
Is the message you are sending consistent with what you really believe? ”Or are you sending a confusing message? Are you thinking about one thing and having a kind of heart but sending another message with your body, your dress, your outward appearance, a message that maybe you don't intend to send?
Today I meet many women who have a heart for the Lord, and can be sitting in the church, raising their hands during the time of worship and enjoying the Lord and active in the ministry, but they are totally alien, without realizing to the message they are sending with their body, with their clothes. His dress is communicating something different from what is in his heart.
Whose idea was it to put on clothes in the first place? Does clothing really matter to God? To get the answers, we have to go back to the manual of life, the manual that tells us who we are, and why we are here, why we were made, and how life works. That manual is the Word of God.
Go to Genesis 2:25, see what it says right at the moment when the man and the woman came together, "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."
Here is the first phase of the entire development of clothing. The first stage is: There was no dress. And there was no shame. There was nothing wrong. This nakedness also suggests that they were without sin. They were a sinless condition, so there was no fault. They had never tasted evil. They didn't know her, so the nakedness before the fall was innocent.
And in chapter 3, when both disobey God, what is next? In verse 7 it says: "Then the eyes of both were opened."
His eyes were opened to experience evil and shame for the first time. Their consciences were brutally awakened because they went against the Word of God. Then he says, they "met." Now the word in the original language does not mean that they realized little by little, that it was gradual. It is a word that means suddenly, immediately. They had instant perception. Suddenly they looked at each other, and realized, "we are naked!"
There are no clothes yet, but now there is shame; there is guilt; There is embarrassment.
Sometimes when you are in your room and someone accidentally enters and you are not fully dressed, what is your immediate reaction? Embarrassed, ashamed. This is how Adam and Eve were. The first thing they learned after eating from the tree of life, good and evil was that they were naked, and now they were ashamed.
In the third stage the man has a plan. The first thing they learned was that they were naked and the first thing they did after sinning was to make clothes.
Verse 7 says, "and they sewn fig leaves." Someone recently told me that fig leaves had the texture of sanding paper # 2, it is rough and apparently hard. "And they sewn fig leaves and made aprons." The first thing they did was deal with their shame and guilt in covering their nakedness.
The word apron can also be translated as loincloth, It is "a waist belt," says a lexicon. What Adam and Eve did was to cover their private parts. That was the plan of man, and it was the plan of man without God. They did it themselves. They didn't ask God, what should we do about this problem? ”, They made their own plan. They tried to solve it alone and said, "Let's get some aprons." So that way they covered their private parts.
However, as we look at the passage, we realize that apparently even when Adam and Eve realized that these fig leaves were not adequate to cover them, because when we arrive at verses 8, 9, and 10, they are still ashamed. They were still afraid.
“And they heard the LORD God walking in the garden to the cool of the day; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. "(Vrs. 8)
It's like when someone enters your room, and you're not fully dressed, and immediately what you want to do is cover yourself with something, saying, "I want to cover myself." That is what Adam and Eve did on instinct.
They were ashamed. They were afraid. They began to hide, but “And the LORD God called man, and said, Where are you? And he replied: I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid. "
Nudity was Adam's first concern and Eve seems to be that it was not God's first concern. And do you know why? Because it was not the most important. Now, we see that God did worry about the problem of clothing, and did something about it, but it was not the first thing that worried God.
Rather, God was worried about the relationship that had been broken. "Where are you? What have you done? ”, He was worried that they had disobeyed His Word and broken what He had commanded. God tells them in verse 11, "Who has let you know that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?" God said, we are not going to treat your nakedness first but your broken relationship, and then we will treat the nakedness. ”
So in the rest of chapter 3 we have God talking with Adam, Eve and the snake about the consequences of their disobedience, about the curse that would come on earth and on the snake. He gives a wonderful promise that the Messiah would come, a Savior, the one who will redeem us from the fall. God begins with the Gospel, not with his clothing, but the clothing should not be ignored.
At the end of chapter 3, or near the end of God's exchange with Adam and Eve. In verse 21, after you have had that conversation, God says, "I will make a provision for you." Verse 21 says: "And the LORD God ..." and it is as if he were saying, "All right, now we are going to see this of the garment," "And the LORD God made fur garments for Adam and his wife, and the dressed".
God made fur garments. This is the provision of God. God is saying, “Look, you cannot solve the problem of sin for yourself. You need to do it my way, your plan will not work. You made these fig leaf aprons, but I will make a provision for you. ”
Then God dressed them. That word in Hebrew means “to wrap, put on a dress, or dress someone: Adam and Eve covered their private parts, but what did God cover? Their bodies. God said it was not enough to cover only private parts. Now that they had sinned, their bodies would have to be covered.
What was the point?
Of course, the main point of this passage is to point to Christ ... He would be the Lamb of God who would be killed by us and we could be covered in his righteousness. God's work of grace that requires a sacrifice.
I think there is also an application and it relates to the whole issue of clothing. Typically, cultures that are based on pious principles cover the body. The world has its own idea of clothing, and usually the idea is to discover the body, discover thighs, chest, belly button and back. "Just take it off" that is the idea of the world. But a young pious is counter-cultural. She is willing to go against what is common and say, “Look. These fig leaves are not enough. That is the plan of men. It is not God's plan. ”
And it is our prayer that you may be willing to embrace God's plan and accept his provision. You know why? Because everything that comes from Him is good.
We invite you to follow the current Aviva Our Hearts series with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, under the theme "Modesty Does God care how I dress?"
* Publication adapted from the program: “Pious Garments”