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Buy the Correct Clothes

Thus the Lord said to me, "Go and buy yourself a linen waistband, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.?  Jeremiah 13:1 NASB

(Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com.)They’re paranoid. . .delusional. Often, anyone who claims to have a personal relationship with God is considered so.

Much of my training in professional psychology either implied or right-out stated this bias. Those who do not have a personal relationship with God normally think their opinion is the only logical or realistic one. Explaining the personal love of God to an unsaved person is often much like trying to explain a beautiful sunrise to a person who has been blind from birth. Or, it is like trying to explain love to someone who has never been loved.

God has been speaking to individuals since the Garden of Eden. Once He said to Adam, “Where are you?”

Adam said, “I heard the sound of Thee and I was afraid because I was naked.” 

“Who told you that you were naked?” asked God.

If this is not a personal conversation, then there has never been a personal conversation.

Today’s verse is an example of God Almighty having a personal conversation. Jeremiah was told what clothes to buy. He was told to buy a linen waistband and then told by the One he was speaking to that it would shrink if he put it in water.

God personally speaks to mankind through the Bible. The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with warmth and teaching about our dear Lord Jesus. Prayer is a personal conversation with our Lord in which He can even tell us what clothes to buy if we’ll listen—hard as that may be to believe.

Listen when God speaks. He loves to whisper in your ear. 

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Robert L. Segress

The Rev. Dr. Bob Segress served as a licensed psychological clinician for twenty-five years. Upon retiring, he served for fifteen years as a prison minister. Retiring again, he began writing full-time after a period of boredom. He has written: The Biblical Approach To Psychology while serving as a college educator, The Shelton Series, and, in 2012, Ten Years Inside Shelton Prison. Currently, he writes for several publications such as Halo Magazine.


  1. You are exactly right. God will surely tell you what to wear. We just need to listen. So thankful I found your devotions. I found you through CBN''S daily devotional.