I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
Throughout the bible, clothing is used to demonstrate man’s position both in the spiritual and in the natural.
Joseph’s transition from the pit to the palace is one of the most encouraging stories in the bible, but it suddenly dawned on me that every major event that brought Joseph closer to his destiny were marked by a change of raiment.
Before his brothers threw him into the pit, they stripped him of his multicolored coat, a symbol of their hatred (Genesis 37:23). This coat was used to deceive his father into believing Joseph was dead. Later, in Potiphar’s house, he was forced to run, leaving his robe in the clutches of a woman who used it as evidence to deceive her husband into believing Joseph attempted to rape her. This landed the innocent Joseph in prison, where he met the man who would later introduce him to the Pharaoh.
When the time came for him to walk into his destiny, his prison raiment was removed and he got new clothing so he could stand before Pharaoh. The king was impressed with Joseph, and changed his status from prisoner to ruler in one day, and in Genesis 41:42 we read that Joseph received a change of raiment, indicative of his status.
Each garment he wore represented the position he held – the favored son, the slave, the prisoner and then the ruler, or authority figure. They also represented his experiences as God molded and shaped him into the man that would one day save the world from starvation. Because of God’s molding we see in Genesis 45, as a ruler, Joseph was handing out clothing to his brothers, signifying his love, forgiveness and maturity.
When we accepted Christ into our lives, we received a change of raiment. Isaiah said the Lord clothed him in salvation and covered him with a robe of righteousness. We too received those garments. God wrapped us in liberty, deliverance, prosperity, welfare, safety, salvation, and covered us in His righteousness, giving us reasons to rejoice.
What are you wearing? As you dress to face the world today, pause for a moment to give God thanks for clothing you in His righteousness. Ephesians 4:22-32 provides a formula for righteous living. Let us keep these clothes clean by being “that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him”.
Each transitional period in Joseph’s life was marked by him losing or receiving an article of clothing. The most important transitional period in the believer’s life is the transition from darkness to light brought about by salvation. Isaiah said God clothed us with salvation and covered us with the robe of righteousness. Be sure that you are wearing the correct raiment.
Father thank you for clothing us with Your righteousness, obtained through the finished work on the cross. Help us to maintain lives of purity and holiness before You, not being encumbered by the things of the world, but living lives of love and compassion towards our brothers