Does God care about what we wear?
He does. Can we chat about it today? Maybe you already know this, but need a gentle reminder?
The first example that comes to my mind is Adam and Eve, in the book of Genesis. They had eaten of the “forbidden fruit” and realized they were naked, which resulted in them hurrying to sew a few fig leaves together to cover their private areas. Itchy, scratchy fig leaves. Ouch. What were they thinking?! Maybe they were in a hurry to have some sort of covering? Desperate, maybe?
At least they knew. At least they felt a bit of conviction in their heart.
Then God stepped in, and He helped them with a perspective shift. He first addressed their disobedience, their heart issue… and then He extended grace by creating new clothing for them.
He didn’t ignore their disobedience; after all, they did eat of the ONE tree in the WHOLE garden that He’d asked them not to eat from. He did give them consequences for their actions, which echo still today.
And while I find the account of Adam and Eve heart-breaking, I also find joy in their story, because God stepped in and showed them where to go from here.
He showed them their minor covering — their fig leaves — weren’t enough. They needed more. It wasn’t what they thought that mattered, it was what He thought. They thought they were clothed, but He said they needed more clothing.
And so He made them new coverings, “garments of skin” as the Bible tells us. Many Bible scholars say these coverings were tunics of sort, translated from words that referred to ancient articles of clothing that extended from around the neck/collarbone area to at least the knees. They were longer, thicker, more modest than what Adam and Eve thought was necessary. God’s plan was different.
Maybe this happens with us still today?
We think modesty doesn’t matter, and God doesn’t really care what we wear, or that we’re covered enough, and if I’ve “got it” I should flaunt it… But that’s not what we find in scripture. We find God’s perspective is very different than our human reasoning. We’re continually encouraged in various passages (1 Timothy 2:9 quickly comes to mind) to wear “modest apparel” and also to have a right heart.
May I insert a quick personal thought about modern swimwear? Why is it acceptable, even appropriate, in our culture for men and boys to wear knee length board shorts and rash guard shirts for swim sports and sun protection, but so many women and girls within view are scantily clad in swimwear that has the same amount of coverage as underwear?
I struggle to understand how boys are often covered from the neck to the knees in cute rash guard sets… but then our young girls are encouraged to bare it all for the sake of the beach or pool.
I can’t tell you the many times I’ve been told that a little more coverage, a little more fabric, would be too much fabric to swim in, although most boys successfully swim in more fabric all. the. time.
To me, this isn’t only a Biblical modesty issue, it should be an issue for moms and dads everywhere.
It’s not about what we want, or what culture tells us is acceptable, it’s about a Godly perspective and what He desires from us. Sometimes we get off track and confused, especially in hot summer months. Maybe the abundant sunshine clouds our thinking. Maybe we just need a small reminder, a small nudge to be directed back to His Word today. Lord, help me to think like You. Help me to honor you with all my choices, even my clothing choices. Help me to have Your perspective.
I love knowing that His grace for us is this: He replaces our little offering (fig leaves) and gifts us with more than we expected. He fixes our heart, forgives, and set us on the right path. He doesn’t walk away; He walks with us, and even carries us when we need it. He’ll grow us and teach us His ways, if we’ll let Him. Out of our teachable heart will flow careful, prayerful choices.
He does care about what we wear, but He also cares about our heart. How is yours? Do you feel His gentle tug to do a mid-summer heart check today?
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