If you ask almost anyone on the nature of God they will most likely say that “God is Love.” That is a true statement. However, if we truly believe that statement that “God is love” why is it so hard to understand that God’s care for the way we dress is also a form of love.
When one thinks of love they think of care, warmth, closeness, communication, empathy, and even jealousy, to an extent. With care comes a concern over the person’s welfare and health. We can see that God gives us plenty of examples in his Proverbs on how we are to traverse through life and avoid many paths that lead to destructive behaviors and the reaping of destruction! “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil“ (Prov 1:20,33 KJV).
With warmth he displays his desire to shelter, protect and even commune with us. “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). A closeness with God produces a “rapture” type of experience, to escape the world and its chaos, violence, riot and clamor. Being caught up with God in his realm there is a beautiful warmth and display of affection from His presence towards us. Our cares seem to vanish away as he communes with us and daily provides us with blessings!
When we think of jealousy we may think of the emotion from an insecure person. Many in this world have acted out in Jealousy and became violent over broken relationships, extra-marital affairs, covetousness etc. We read of the nature of God’s jealousy in Exodus, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” (Exodus 34:14). Natural man tends to think that this is a fault in Him. We mustn’t think of our God as one who has no determination of knowing right and wrong and acts out in hasty anger. No, that is the wrong way to perceive his Jealousy. His jealousy is that of one who will have no other god or gods before him.
Veneration and worship of any thing that is made within the creation is to be condemned. It is a form of idolatry to hold in high esteem objects in this world above God. Whether they be statues, figurines, relics or any other lucky charm they are not to be had by a True Christian, for God is a Jealous God. Also, when one worships Self and worships their own Image (outward adorning) it can fall under the category of idolatry.
We see in scripture that a woman is to be adorned with modest apparel. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;” (1 Timothy 2:9).
It is evident in our time and culture by the display of outward flamboyant adorning, that as a nation we have turned our back on the Love of God. While we want his care and warmth we tend to not want his jealousy. For some reason mankind is stubborn to part with his objects and images of idolatry when it comes to the things he loves and the fads and fashion he adores!
When we say we Love God and he loves us do we reflect that in our clothing? Are we just lovers in word but not in deed? Do we show the resemblance of a harlot? “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:10).
Do we reflect in our clothing and attire a sense of humility and modesty that does not seek the attention of others but remains in place and within bounds. “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come” (Proverbs 31:25).
Let my sisters and mothers in the Lord not be deceived by pop-culture and its fancy, seductive, indiscreet dress. Because we serve a Jealous God who has a bride that adorns herself with righteousness on the inside and modesty on the outside. This goes for men as well. For the styles and fads for men in this time have crossed over to the wearing and adorning of women’s fashion and style.
God will have no harlots in his Kingdom. “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:10).
Our clothing does reflect our relationship with God. Our clothing does reflect the Love of God. God not only cares for our health and well being but also how we reflect his Name! When we have the true change on the inside, then the outside will also manifest the true change!