12 I am filled with joy and my soul vibrates with exuberant hope, because of the Eternal my God; For He has dressed me with the garment of salvation, wrapped me with the robe of righteousness.  It’s as though I’m dressed for my wedding day, in the very best: a bridegroom’s garland and a bride’s jewels. 11 The whole earth sprouts newness and life in the springtime, and green shoots break through the well-seeded garden soil. That’s what it is like with the Eternal’s victory – the Lord will cause justice and praise to sprout up before all the nations, for all peoples to see. – Isaiah 61:10-11 (The Voice)

New clothes.  Doesn’t it feel so good to wear a new outfit?  Crisp. Clean. Fresh colors.  Even if it isn’t straight from the store, a “new-to-you” outfit has the same effect – there’s something about feeling good on the outside that works on our inside as well.  Just ask anyone who has ever experienced drastic weight-loss.

So at the end of our time in Isaiah 61, we see that we are filled with joy and hope through the new clothing of salvation and righteousness. He dresses us in the very best because when we choose to follow Him, He adopts us as His faithful daughters.

Don’t we want the same for our own children?  We want them to wear clothing that is tasteful and comfortable, right? (Or just doesn’t have mud and grass stains on the knees if we’re talking about my boys here.)

One of my favorite verses is Colossians 3:12, which reads “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

He first dresses us in salvation and righteousness but then gives us the free-will to dress ourselves in the above virtues.  We can choose to wear compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Or not.

But when we become new followers of Him, we automatically get to wear a new outfit.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

And a new outfit isn’t all we receive.  We get a whole new being.

He makes all things new.

When the seedlings sprout in the spring, there is new life. When He offered up the blood of His son, there was, and continues to be, new life. When a child is conceived, there is new life.

He is the Master of All Masters of New Life.

He refines and rebirths and regrows and reassembles us until, in His perfect timing, He is ready for us to be the justice and praise that will sprout up before all nations, for all people to see.

So He gives us the new clothing of salvation and righteousness.  We can choose to wear compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Then we can wear those clothes in public and share them with others.

What clothes do you want others to see you wearing?  How do you hope others see you? We do not live to please men (Galatians 1:10) so please don’t think I’m saying to do so; however, I like to think of this now and then because it’s a good way to assess my heart.  What other thoughts do you have about either these last two verses or Isaiah 61 in general?  I’ve loved breaking this down with you, friends!

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