Naked I Came, Naked I Return

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21.

As we read these words our soul is at once taken aback at the suffering and great loss of Job. His flocks, his servants and his entire family was taken from him in the same day. He lost so much material and physical blessing and our heart goes out to him. Yet we are consoled in that later we read, “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…” Job 42:12.

Yet were these material and physical things the true things that were the blessings of God? I think not, I know not. It was the process of the afflictions that taught Job about God and His faithfulness, not the things that resulted from his relationship with Him. The true blessing is that he came to know his heavenly Father in a way that is beyond the value of the things of this earth.

Man was in the Garden and he was naked and unashamed. Not having things was not a problem, neither a weakness nor a shame. We in our fallen state have placed great value on our clothing, our outer presentation. In the beginning it was not so. In the beginning Adam was naked and not ashamed. In the beginning Adam saw himself through the eyes of his spirit as he was in truth, like God.

In the fall Adam’s spiritual eyes were closed and he opened for the first time the eyes of his soul, knowing good and evil. He became aware of himself from his own perspective and ceased seeing himself the way his heavenly Father sees him. Now Adam was no longer a spirit clothed in flesh, he moved from the inner place of his spirit to his soul and saw that he was flesh, not spirit, and needed to be clothed. He was naked and ashamed.

Ever since that fateful day man has been preoccupied with his outward adornment and the need to make a good external presentation. That may be well and fine for men but not God. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7. And the best tailor in the land is the religious system that stands in direct opposition to the true church of God, those who are circumcised in the heart, not the flesh. Those who are are His in word and deed, not confession only.

The system of religion is all about presentation, outward appearance and deception coming from the father of lies himself. It subscribes to the idea that if you think it is true, then it is. And if I can make you believe it is true then it is. That is the dictionary definition of deception – cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage; give a mistaken impression; fail to admit to oneself that something is true. The truth is that you are who you are in your heart not necessarily who you present yourself to be on the outside.

Well, we have been covering over our true self since day one of the Fall and deceiving ourselves and everyone else who will buy it. We are gathering not only fig leaves to cover ourselves with but also big houses, fine linens, fast cars, dazzling toys, inflative titles, impressive paychecks, beautiful physiques, engineered faces and bodies and you name it — we are naked and ashamed.

God knows that we are still hiding from Him, He wants you to come out from behind your fig leaves and meet Him face to face. He wants to know you, not the you that hopes to impress Him and everybody else, the real you, the spiritual you, the you that walked with Him in the Garden and was naked and unashamed. Get real, get God. Drop the pretense. God is not deceived for a minute.

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev. 3:17-19

God is in the Garden waiting for you to return to Eden. He wants to know you, and more importantly you need to know Him. It is vital to your soul. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3.

Don’t worry, you do not have to go through life without the things you need, God knows what you need. Once you become His child again instead of acting like an orphan fending for yourself he can give them to you. You just have your priorities mixed up. You are deceived.

“For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.” Luke 12:30. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:33.

Job learned this same lesson by the things he suffered. “Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters.” Job 42:11-13.

Get naked. Heaven is a nudist colony. 😉