Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What are you wearing?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

When God created Adam and Eve He gave them a wonderful opportunity to take care of and have dominion over all of His creation (Genesis 2:15). But He told them,

‘…You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’. (Genesis 16-17)

Unfortunately tragedy followed when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. (Genesis 3:6)

Shortly after that incident God visited the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve:

‘…heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid’. (Genesis 8-10)

Adam and Eve hid themselves thinking they could hide from God. The effect of sin made them aware that they had disobeyed God and they were ashamed. Before they sinned they were delighted to see God, but after they sinned they did not want anything to do with Him. That’s the effect of sin; it causes us to want to hide from God physically, emotionally and spiritually because we know we are guilty.

Like Adam and Eve we try a lot of “fig leaves” to cover up our shame and guilty conscience (V.7). The oldest profession is not what people think; it is the clothing industry. Our first parents attempted to cover themselves and human beings have been trying to cover up ever since.

The exposure caused by our sins is intolerable, and we try innumerable ways to cover it up. The trouble is man has never been able to make a “fig leaf” that will cover his sin. We may try the “fig leaves” of good religious works, law keeping, or tithing. Some try to clothe themselves with charitable deeds, others with church membership. But none of these things enable us to escape our guilt. All outward acts of religion without the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins are at best withered “fig leaves” that provide no satisfactory cover for us.

There is only one remedy for sin as God shows,‘The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them’. (V. 21)

God told Adam and Eve before they sinned, that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they would die (Genesis 2:17) and from the moment they disobeyed God they died spiritually. In time, they died physically.

But can you imagine the shock in the mind and heart of Adam and Eve when they saw two dead animals lying before them? God killed the animals and made from their skins garments to clothe them.

The wages of sin is death, (Romans 6:23) but the immediate death that occurred was not their death, though they were guilty and deserved the death penalty; it was the death of two innocent animals.

In His mercy God killed those animals for Adam and Eve. They were guilty and deserved death, but God chose two innocent animals to die as their substitutes. They pointed to another Substitute, Jesus, who in time would give Himself as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

The only death that can possibly deal with sin is His death. Only His blood can cleanse us from all sin. (1 John 1:7,9)

God’s perfect covering for sin is not fig leaves - Our own efforts to try and cover our sin, but the blood of the Lamb of God - God’s perfect provision and covering through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

So don’t try coming to God with your “fig leaves.” They may be in fashion, but they are inadequate. God will not accept them.

God has dealt with our guilt in the death of Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:24–25) He died for our sin as our substitute. The penalty has been paid in full. Jesus has done for us what we could never do for ourselves.

Today, God fully clothes every individual who believes in Christ with His perfect righteousness,

‘I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels’. (Isaiah 61:10)

The nakedness of our sin must be covered. Either we will stand before our eternal Judge in the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, or we will stand naked in our sins.

Are you covered with the righteousness of Jesus Christ? Are you dressed in His robes of righteousness alone?

If so, then ‘…there is now no condemnation’ (Romans 8:1) for you – Hallelujah.

Have a good week being clothed by Jesus,

Have a good week walking with the Lord,

Pastor Barry

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