Clothes That Fit

1 Samuel 2:18-19 says, “18But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod. 19Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.”

Now that the seasons have changed, the style of clothes that you wear also changes. Some of those winter clothes are boxed up, and now is the time to get ready for summer! It is definitely an exciting time, but if you are a child, as you continue to grow older, the size of your clothes will also get bigger. You have to move up to a different size because it is evident that you are getting older. The clothes that you use to wear no longer fits, and you have to go to the store and buy clothes that are more up-to-date. This can even be costly, but you have to do what it takes to make sure you have clothes that fit.

Samuel’s case was no different. His mother, Hannah, was barren, but she made a covenant with God that if He gave her a child, she would him back to God. So, God answered her prayers, and she fulfilled her part of the covenant. Once a year, she would come up to the yearly sacrifice with her husband, which was probably the Day of Atonement, and that would be when she would see him. Undoubtedly, her heart would break as a result of missing the memories she could have with her son, but she made a promise in which she was determined to keep. When she would come up to the yearly sacrifice, she would make Samuel a new coat because the older he got, the bigger he got, and he needed an updated coat every year. It indicated that he was growing up and maturing not only physically but also in the work of the Lord!

Spiritually, God is giving us bigger clothes to wear so that we can grow into it. Too many people in the church are wearing the clothes of religion that do not fit any more when God is desiring to do new things in our lives! He is not giving us clothes to wear from a year ago of a previous season, but He is calling us higher in a new season in Him. By taking on greater challenges, we can mature more in God. Therefore, do not fret when it seems like you have taken upon yourself tougher challenges and bigger responsibilities. It just means that you are growing in God!