Guy walks into a jewelry store and proceeds to steal a gold watch. As he is running away, the store owners yells at him. “AU, that’s not your watch!”
If you didn’t get that joke, go back to the periodic table of elements. Find number 79. It should make itself clear at that point. =-)
My last post, Trials and Chocolate, ended with the promise to blog about Gold bars.
According to www.usmint.gov, here are some fun facts about gold:
- Amount of present gold holdings: 147.3 million ounces.
- The only gold removed has been very small quantities used to test the purity of gold during regularly scheduled audits. Except for these samples, no gold has been transferred to or from the Depository for many years.
- The gold is held as an asset of the United States at book value of $42.22 per ounce.
- Highest gold holdings this century: 649.6 million ounces (December 31, 1941).
- Size of a standard gold bar: 7 inches x 3 and 5/8 inches x 1 and 3/4 inches.
- Weight of a standard gold bar: approximately 400 ounces or 27.5 pounds.
Now for the spiritual side of gold.
We are in I Peter, and, if I say so myself, not moving very fast. No problem. It is good to meditate on God’s word. Here is verse 7 of the first chapter:
“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
If I read that correctly, my faith has greater value than gold.
Why do we go through trials and tribulations?
So that our faith can be proven.
Gold is put through fire. It needs the fire to be purified.
By itself, the gold cannot remove any impurities.
This process of refining gold is complicated and multi-faceted. I don’t understand it either. But the basics are worth catching.
Gold can be found on all seven continents. Regardless of where it was mined, the gold coming out of the earth is not yet pure. It has a long way to go before it gets to your fiance’s finger.
Hence, the refining process. The fire of God.
For us, that comes in the form of hard times, temptations, or struggles.
God is desiring that the impurities are removed.
When Jesus comes back, our lives will reflect His glory. Or they won’t reflect His glory.
We can choose to rely on God through the trial or we can try to stick it out ourselves.
Think about that last sentence.
Who are we to say that we know better than the Almighty God?
Who am I to ignore His grace just for a moment of pleasure?
As much as it hurts or is uncomfortable, let the refining process happen.
I know that I am trying.
I want to be super shiny when Christ returns. I will reflect His character, praise, honor, and glory so much more that way!
At some point soon, you will probably see gold. It might be your wedding band. Perhaps a gold crayon. Maybe the sky will provide golden hues.
Let that color remind you of these two things:
- God is letting you go through the refining process to become pure.
- God will also never let you go through it alone.