Even when his past was covered and future secured, Paul was conflicted when he saw another power at work making him captive to the sin that was in him. Bible calls it the carnal man.
Ravenhill in his book ‘Why Revival Tarries’ says, ” there are three persons living in each of us: the one we think we are, the one other people think we are, and the one God knows we are. ” Talk about conflict!
It can be conflicting when we see the areas of besetting sins in our lives. That polarity between who we are and who we hope to become.
Today I’m reminded of a woman like myself who asked her kinsman redeemer to stretch the corner of his garment over her. Ruth was a widow, she needed acceptance of her gentile past and redemption. There was a huge polarity between who she was and what she hoped to become in a literal sense. All it took was the corner of the garment of a kinsmen redeemer. It offered acceptance, protection and favor.
Ezekiel 16:8-14 talks about God covering Jerusalem by spreading the corner of his garment over it. Thus God enters into a betrothal symbolically with Israel and adorns her with jewels, clothing, crown and riches.
Dear ones, the point of both these parallel accounts is this: when you find yourself naked and weary in your spirit, and conflicted with polarity remember the redeemer who covers you with His garments of righteousness. In return all we can do is to live for this redeemer, be loyal to Him and live with utmost fidelity to Him. Our past is redeemed, our present is covered and our future is secured like Ruth found out that day at the feet of Boaz.