Change of Raiment (III)
“And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying, ‘Take away the filthy garments from him.’ And unto him he said, ‘Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.’” (Zechariah 3:4, 21st Century King James Version).
This is the key Bible verse for our “Come and See” devotional today.
The first and second parts of this series of devotionals showed that Almighty God is able to restore our spiritual garments of honour, glory, joy and happiness, even after they have been forcefully taken away by the enemy. The garment of Jesus Christ that was traded by His captors as He hung on the cross of Calvary was replaced by Almighty God after His resurrection. The later encounter of Apostle John was recorded as follows: “then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.” (Revelation 1:12-13, New King James Version).
After Adam and Eve were stripped of their glory because of disobedience, God came to their rescue. At that point they were ashamed because they were naked and so they went into hiding. However, the Merciful and Compassionate God made the first raiment to cover their shame. The Bible states: “the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21, New International Version). We are all aware of the problems that can arise if we wear inappropriate clothing; for example is wearing winter clothing in summer. Similarly, wearing inappropriate clothing at a particular stage of life could bring shame, distress and grief. Every woman expecting a child would normally put away the usual feminine outfit and would wear maternity clothes: the Bible records that Sarah, Hannah, Rachel and Elizabeth all did this.
The Almighty God has not changed and will never change. He is still committed to transforming the destiny of His people. He changes times and seasons and is able to give us clothing suitable for every occasion. He will ensure that the childless, jobless, sorrowful and oppressed are clothed with suitable garments and that prisoners are freed and the sick are cared for.
We are all like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Any shame brought upon us by the enemy, which is causing us to hide away, will be lifted by the unquestionable mercy of the Most High God. God shall transform your destiny for the sake of His glorious name and your light shall shine. : “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14, New King James Version).
Let us pray: “Father, let the beauty of your light cover my destiny,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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