Gold cannot be destroyed though. It can be dissolved by chemical means, but even then it remains as gold-only in a more widely dispersed state. It withstands all forms of stress. When hammered, it can come out as thin as thin itself without being destroyed. Gold is also a very heavy metal.
One more thing, gold is very beautiful.
Gold is extracted from ore. It is usually found in the company of quartz and other metals.
Now I’m almost where I am going. . .
Gold is usually rough in its natural state. However, because of its malleability, it is easily smoothened. It is easily purified. It willingly let’s go of the impurities that have attached themselves to it.
The more it is pounded and washed, the purer it becomes.
Looking through Exodus 37, we see God’s specific instructions about the vessels for use in the tabernacle. God gave instructions to make sure the vessels were made of Pure Gold. Note that He didn’t just say vessels of gold but vessels of pure gold. Refined gold. Gold without impurities. Purged from every metal that looks like it but isn’t it.
Everyone was born in sin. We all had the sin – connection.
However, to become vessels in the house of our God we must pull the plug on the connection we had to sin.
God can not stand impurities. He wants us to be pure- thoroughly washed by the water of The Word. He wants us to be without blemish, spot or wrinkle. He wants us our garment to be properly laundered.
Becoming pure gold requires willingness. Because the process is a very painful one. So if you choose to escape from the furnace of purification which comes in form of discipline/suffering, you just can’t become pure. God desires perfect vessels. He wants every impurity burnt off.
God wants us, like gold, to be soft yet very strong. Gentle as a dove and bold like a lion. It takes discipline and self control to be able to contain gentleness and strength in the same vessel. The refining process God takes us through brings us to that point.
God wants to beat us into shape. He wants to use the hammer of the word to transform us into smooth jewels.
He disciplines us because He loves us. He wants us to shine. He wants the world to see what He has made of us.
The heat he allows us pass through is simply aimed at getting us up to the standard of God. For He cannot behold iniquity. He wants us to develop certain important virtues that will make our lives really attractive. He wants to build us up. He wants us to be perfect so that we can be presented faultless before God. . .
. . .and fit for the Master’s use- vessels unto honour.
Endure the process, it’s for your good. . .
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola