He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 33: A Real Covering
When God put Adam and Eve out of the Garden, he even looked in mercy at their cover-up. Taking the undergarments they had fashioned from the fig leaf collection, he made them clothing of animal skins. It was not only an act of mercy, but also prophetic demonstration. The blood shed to cover them that day, testified to a future day when Jesus' death would provide the covering we really need.
Shame craves for a covering. We've already seen how it can reveal itself in blaming others, even God, for our own choices and weaknesses. Now we see how shame can use religion to the same end. We live in a world where everybody covers up to protect themselves. That's why relationships in religious environments can turn so painful when people have to tear others down to make themselves look better.
We push to achieve beyond our peers so we can feel superior to them. We blame others so we don't have to face our own weaknesses. We gossip about the failures of others so we can feel better about ourselves. We even look for religious institutions to affirm us so that we can ignore the doubts that assail us. It seems we are all on the relentless pursuit to hide our own inadequacies and seek our own security. In doing so, we are like little chickens running around the burning coop throwing leaves over our heads hoping they will be enough.
But they won't be. There is only one covering that will save us from ourselves; and it is Jesus himself. He endured the firestorm for us so that those who crawl under his wings can dwell in safety. He is the only covering that at once delivers us from our shame and frees us from the bondage of sin.
Cover yourself in him. Learn to live under his wings today and every day for the rest of your life. How do you do that? By learning to trust him completely in every situation you face. Of course that is far easier said than done. When difficulties press in around us, we are most likely to doubt God's motives towards us. Could that be the voice of the serpent still whispering in our ears? "If God's not going to give you what you think you need, maybe you should go get it yourself."
Trusting our own wisdom is so easy we find ourselves doing it before we ever realize it. There is only one place where we can learn the trust in God that was shattered in Eden-at the cross of Jesus Christ. His willingness to trade his life for ours stands as unmistakable evidence of his love for you. When you understand what really happened there, then you will know how much you are loved. When you know how much you're loved you'll find trusting him to be as easy as breathing.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. -Galatians 6:14