“Clothing and Shoes for 40 years?”Categories: In the Bulletin
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind? Moreover, all his days he eats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger Ecclesiastes 5:13-17.
Do you remember how many pairs of shoes you have used throughout your life? How long did your last pair of shoes you bought last? We would be more than blessed if, using the same shoes every day, its duration will reach three years. Remember these amazing words in Deuteronomy 29:5 - "I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.” Even their feet did not swell during those forty years, without a doubt, this was by miraculous intervention on the part of God.
This fact is even more incredible, when we consider the rugged and stony places in which the pilgrim people traveled. If we estimate that an Israelite walked a 1000 steps daily, he would have walked no less than fifteen million (15,000,000) steps in 40 years. Tremendous luck or miracle of God? What will we say about his clothes? Clothing forty years old, using it every day and not even getting old. The clothes were washed no less than 2100 times if we averaged one wash per week.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said: “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:28-30). God fulfilled this promise in the desert and will fulfill it today with us.
“Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.”
- Jaime Restrepo