No Brand Fur Coat
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
When I was kid, I never wanted to go clothes shopping with my dad as he was simply looking for any old thing to cover my body and didn't care about the brand. I loved the brand names and my dad loved the good deals. He was not into the top brands of the day, but he was into low prices that would allow him to put food on the table. I definitely did not understand this concept as as young man, but it has become crystal clear to me as an adult who now has to put food on his own family's table.
I was at my grandma’s house for the day and my 11th birthday was soon approaching. We went out to lunch and began to discuss my birthday. My grandma and aunt asked me what I wanted and I told them I wanted some nice clothes - brands my parents would not have normally have purchased for me. After lunch, we went to one of my favorite stores, and I started to try on some pretty nice clothes.
I left the store with a couple of shopping bags and a grin from ear to ear. I wore one of my new outfits out of the store, even though I was a little worried about what my mom and dad would say. My parents did not like me to ask for these types of things from my grandma as money was not growing on trees outside of her house. I got home and my parents were not entirely happy with me, but still allowed me to keep the clothes. I was so proud to wear those clothes and I flashed and flexed as if I was walking the red carpet. To this day, I still love to dress nice and I still have a keen eye for sharp-looking brand names.
I am grateful that I have not gone a day in my life when I did not have anything to wear. I have not always been grateful for the clothes God has provided, and at times, complained about my clothes even though my closet was full. I was ungrateful and discontent with what I had and desired the things I didn’t have rather than appreciate the things I did. I Timothy 6:8 states, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” My body tells the tale of plenty to eat, but my heart has not always been content with what God has provided in that arena either.
God provided clothes to Adam and Eve, but not as badges to show off or look nice in. There were no brand names on the skins and they were simply meant to cover the outward shame of sin and provide bodily covering. The sacrifice of the animals that was required to cover their bodies was symbolic of the ultimate sacrifice that was needed to cover our sin. God, our great provider, meets our temporal needs such as food and clothes, and our eternal need for a Savior.
Are you like me and sometimes complain about the clothes in your closet or the food on the table? Are you content with what God has given you, or do you desire that which you do not have? Are you simply interested in how you look to others or are you concerned how you appear to God? I Samuel 16:7 states "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." What does your heart say about you? Are you more concerned about the outside appearance or are you working on that which God cares about? May we see what God sees and may we be content with what God has given us.
Stay in the fight!