Ever had those days when you stand in your closet thinking, "I simply have nothing to wear," while you stare at literally dozens of clothes hanging before you? But I would guess what ever you pick to put on, it probably never crosses your mind that you're not worthy enough to wear it. Because... well, their your clothes.
But as we read through Exodus, here God is speaking to Moses on Mt. Sinai, giving word of direction which will be used to instruct the people. And God chooses Moses' brother Aaron to be the very first priest... to serve God for the people, to be clothed in holy garments. And all the while, Aaron is down below listening to the people...
Come, make us a god who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt... we don’t know what has happened to him!”
It's not as though God was unaware this was happening. It's not as if God did not know Aaron was about to give into the people and fashion the golden calf for them.
God knew exactly what Aaron would do, before Aaron did it.
Our God knows the end from the beginning. And still, He chose Aaron to be the first priest. And still He spoke of the holy garments, for glory and beauty, with which Aaron would be clothed and set apart to serve Him.
This is truly humbling.
This is truly overwhelming to me.
That our God can stand in His closet of garments and choose exactly which ones will be right for us even when we have no idea ourselves what to wear. Even when we have no idea what our future holds, or how we may behave... for right or wrong.
God knows the end from the beginning. He knows our future actions... even how we will bow to the pressure of others, and still, He chooses holy garments for us, to set us apart for a purpose, for glory and beauty to serve Him.
I wonder how Aaron felt when Moses told him of his purpose. I wonder what went through his mind the first time these holy garments were placed upon him? Did he feel unworthy? I am not intending to judge Aaron. His sin is no worse than mine.
I am simply expressing how unworthy I often feel that God would choose to clothe me in a garment, set apart and purposed, when He knows that I still will disappoint Him. What an amazing God we serve!
Let us stand in our closet with reverence and awe considering the garment He has chosen, full of grace, mercy and forgiveness... for glory and beauty... set apart to Him.
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