Have you ever been to a place that you are not properly dressed for? If you show up to a black tie event in jeans, you will obviously be out of place. Certain clothing, or uniforms, in our society marks authority and helps us identify people for the services they have committed themselves to perform. We know a police officer, a UPS delivery man or a doctor when we see one by the garments they clothe themselves in.
When shopping, most of us will ask for a fitting room before purchasing new clothes. We want everything to fit just right before we put it on for the world to see. Clothes can make us feel comfortable or uptight, “at home” or out of place. I believe that clothing will often times reflect a person’s insides, and displays each person’s individual personality.
What about your spiritual garments? Do you put as much emphasis on what you wrap yourself in spiritually and the identity that your choices can bring as you do the ones you put on your body? Do you wake up every morning and put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17)?
In 1 Samuel 17, David went out to face Goliath. He attempted to clothe himself in someone else’s armor. It didn’t fit him because it wasn’t made for him. God already had David clothed for battle, though not through physical attire. David’s “fitting room” was in the fields, protecting the sheep and being diligent when no one was watching. His relationship with the Lord had prepared him long before Goliath came on the scene.
Skip over to 2 Samuel 5 when David was appointed king over Israel. He could not transition into the king that God intended him to be and keep his shepherd’s garment on. David had to be willing to let go of what he had been in order to become who God was making him to be. How many times do we stay wrapped up in the familiar, heavy chains of our past because we’re not willing to let God wrap us in peace, freedom and purpose?
God is prepared to clothe you for the tasks ahead of you but you have to be willing to dress properly. Stop trying to clothe yourself in armor not meant for you. Your garment is already being tailor-made through experience. With experience, whether you view it as good or bad, comes wisdom and new heights in your relationship with Christ. The only power that a giant has in your life is to reveal the power of God in you.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10