First, Isaiah 61:10:
I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, (yeshua)
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Beautiful and powerful. No one would agree that the world today is in a lovely place. In fact, it is very far from it. Regardless of our recent presidential election's result, the world is still in chaos. The wolves are circling and closing in closer and closer to our front door.
Not too dissimilar to Isaiah's time. Isaiah was speaking to Judah and Jerusalem, who were steeped in sin. He foretold of God's desire for repentance and if His people choose to continue without doing so, judgement would fall hard and fast. Isaiah (whose own name means "God is salvation") also speaks of a future time with kingdom ruled by the Messiah, the Deliverer.
So, these words are powerful in our time, as well as in Isaiah's. We must be covered in His garments. The kind of covering we make--religion, trying to be good enough, following rules--is ultimately inadequate. Adam and Eve could no more cover their sin with a few fig leaves sewn together than we can cover our sins with what we do: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."(Is. 64:6)
If we are wrapped in His garments, what will people see? Him in you. "Where ya get those threads?" is an opening to declare the greatness of Him working in you. People who know us and our story of His work in us will be amazed and know that it could not have been by us alone that we have prevailed.
Hope is here, now, even in the darkest times. Why? Because hope is not just a good intention or warm feeling floating out there. Hope is a Person: Yeshua, Jesus, our Bridegroom. He clothes us now to bring His message to the world and He will return to restore this planet.
He truly makes the new year new.