DAY 1 - More Precious than Gold
Anything of value takes time to become more valuable. My husband loves old cars. We have had a few, but this one he has now is super special and more valuable than the others. This sharp bright red sports car was produced in 1965. At that time it was valued at the price of most cars of the day. It was nothing special and had competition like the ‘65 Mustang, for instance. But now, due to time and scarcity, the ‘65 Nova is much more valuable than it was 58 years ago, especially to my husband. It became more valuable over time.
And you see, that is how God works too. He cares more about who you are becoming. Time isn’t an issue for HIM. He also knows that it takes things like time, fire, and pressure to produce the most beautiful things on planet earth! These three elements, while seemingly harmful and destructive, are actually used to bring about the most beautiful results in our lives as well.
In Hebrews 10, we are called to persevere in our faith.
‘And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.’
- Hebrews 10:19-23
Fire is an element that is absolutely necessary in producing the fine gold jewelry that we love to wear! But Gold in its pure form is not beautiful. In order for it to become the gold we use for rings, chains and beautiful pieces of art, it needs to be refined by undergoing a process that requires intense heat. It is soft and malleable, able to be made into a thin wire that stretches for miles. It is rare and scarce. All of the gold on the planet can fit into a cubed space the size of a tennis court. (Mining for Gold by Tom Comacho)
But gold in its pure form is hard to see and to draw out. It must be mined out. Then it must go through the refining and a forming process to make it what the designer wants it to become. So must we. You and I are as rare and precious as this natural metal. But refining and forming are necessary for our beauty to come to its full reality.
Similarly, diamonds are not beautiful in their natural state and must be mined out. They too have often been missed and thought invaluable; just a regular rock in its natural state.
Diamonds must also undergo a process to become the precious gemstones we use for wedding rings and many other types of jewels and products. Diamonds must have three things present to produce a diamond: time, extreme pressure, and intense heat! To become useful and valuable to those that possess them. They have had to endure a lot to get to this state. Becoming a diamond for our purposes doesn't happen overnight.
- What elements can you relate to in your life that you are currently undergoing? Is it Time (waiting),
- Is it pressure? Is it extreme conditions like fire or frost?
- What do you think God is trying to develop in you? What part of your character He is trying to grow and strengthen?
- Find someone who will speak the truth in love and point out scriptures that show the truth in God’s Word.
Ephesians 6:13-17 gives us a great visual in the Armor of God. The weapons against the spiritual battle are real. The Word is our weapon against the lies, the sword. The belt of truth is for our protection, so we can live fully the life God intended us to live. Read through the entire passage and visualize each piece of the armor and use it to fight against the devil and how he may be working against you. Walk in the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus and be strong in the power given to you by the Holy Spirit.