Genesis 3: 7-8, 21
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
I don’t know how to sew. If I lose a button off of a shirt, this guy won’t be fixing it. Oh, I’ve tried and can get the job done, but it will likely fall off again soon. My 11 year old niece, on the other hand is amazing! She can sew all kinds of stuff. Seriously, I’m not above asking an 11 year old girl to fix my clothes. She’s got talent! She certainly makes better clothes than I do.
We find here in Genesis 3 that Adam and Eve tried to make some clothes, too. It all started with their sin. They were doing just fine there in the garden sans clothes until sin opened their eyes. They realized they were naked and assembled some fig leaves together. Fig leaves don’t make very good clothes. They are probably itchy and provide zero warmth. No, Adam and Eve’s fig leaves weren’t the best clothing choice. So God made them some better ones out of animal skins. These ones provided much better coverage, protection, and warmth.
When it comes to sin, we are all naked. We are like Adam and Eve in the garden trying to wear a fig leaf in hopes that God won’t notice. We strive to clean ourselves up so that God won’t be mad at us. We work really hard to read our Bible a few days before asking Him for anything. We try being really nice to people and hope He notices. We try to measure up to God with our works, yet our works are nothing more than fig leaves.
God makes better clothes than you do. He comes walking through the garden of your soul calling out for you as you hide among the bushes. And He reaches out, handing you a garment, beckoning you to relationship. “Wear this,” He says. Through Jesus, He gave you a garment of righteousness that you can wear with confidence. You are at peace with God because you wear the better clothes that were given through His Son.
*What clothes are you trying to wear today?