I put on a suit coat that I hadn’t worn for a while. To my chagrin, it was worn threadbare and shiny at the elbows. The coat really didn’t seem that old. A quick look at my shoes revealed thin soles and worn heels, not to mention a hole in the toe of my sock. How quickly our material possessions seem to wear out.
So many things other than clothing also follow the same pattern. A new car doesn’t stay new for long. Appliances wear out, water heaters start to leak, and even my Lazy Boy had to be replaced. I once heard the term ‘planned obsolescence’. Manufacturers make products that will not last in order to create the need to purchase a replacement. It’s the ‘free enterprise’ system at work.
The whole situation is a little disconcerting. I am now well past my three score and ten year allotment (Psalm 90:10). Wear and tear is taking its toll on my body. Knee joints had to be replaced, a CPAP is needed to aid breathing, blood pressure medicine twice a day, blood sugar issues, and the list goes on…
In the midst of decline and deterioration, I have found a precious refuge in scripture. In relation to clothing wearing out, the Lord spoke of His provision for His peoples’ wilderness journey. “Yet the LORD says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet” (Deuteronomy 29:5, NIV). God provided for His people then and He still provides today for those who journeys with Him.
On our spiritual pilgrimages with Him, the Lord supplies garments that do not wear out. “I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; 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, NIV). His grace and righteousness, unlike earthly garments, never deteriorate, and no moth can destroy. How wonderful to know that the Lord offers us a great exchange. We can give Him our old, tattered garments, and He will give us a robe of pure white, which will last forever.
Prayer: Lord, may we appear before you ‘dressed in Your righteousness alone faultless to stand before the throne’.
~ Brother Roy