Scripture for Today: Isaiah 61:10 “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Each year at the Oscars, the red carpet showcases women decked out in their finery and in their dazzling jewelry. This particular necklace, worn by Nicole Kidman at the 2008 Oscars, is made up of 1,399 carats of rough diamonds! The jewels worn this year have been valued at as much as 20 million dollars a person! For the most part, these pieces are only borrowed luxury from their jewelers.
Today’s verse brings all kinds of images to mind. As believers we are clothed in the Lord’s righteousness. The material is pure dazzling white because of the forgiveness we receive by faith. As the Church, we are the Bride of Christ. We are purified and presented to Him without spot or wrinkle. We are glorious, set apart in a love relationship with Him (Eph. 5:27). As if that were not enough, it will be as if we are adorned with jewelry on that beautiful day that begins our eternity with Him!
I would love to wear dazzling show-stopping jewelry. But the adornment I have to look forward to makes the finery on this earth look like cheap plastic imitations. His righteousness makes me beautiful. And the gentle and quiet spirit He makes possible is worth so much more in His sight (I Peter 3:4). His garments of salvation are in such contrast to the “filthy rags” of my own efforts (Isaiah 64:6). There is delight and joy at the thought of being adorned with His beauty!
Lord, may Your beauty be seen in me today!