Finding gold is a lot like finding truth and purity.
by Nanette Christensen
The world was wrapped in dark stillness as I checked my supplies for the last time, jumped into my pick-up truck and drove down my long driveway. This was to be a day of adventure and wonder. I picked up four friends to enjoy the day with. Loaded with maps, fresh water, flashlights, lots of extra batteries and abundant enthusiasm, we headed for our destination—gold mines!
After a long drive we arrived, tingling with excitement. All kinds of precious metals lay deep inside the earth, just waiting to be discovered. What surprises awaited us?
As we made our way into the dark, cool opening, I admired the way Providence had placed the gold, silver and many other useful metals far below the visible earth; one only has to search.
We advanced through the small passageways, our guide pointing out a portion of the rock wall where silver was leaching its way to the surface. There it was—available for any to take.
Only strong perseverance will reward those who search for precious metals. Strenuous, long hours must be spent separating the precious from the common. Is it worth the persistence? Ask the old-time miner. He has seen how endurance pays off.
Remembering a piece of ore given me on a similar expedition, I am reminded of another type of treasure—more beautiful and precious than the rarest gem found. King David declared, “The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver…. Therefore I love Thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.” Psalm 119:72,127. The Law of God! A treasure? How many consider God’s Word an everlasting treasure? Often it is considered too deep to grasp.
Truth is often like the rare gem, seemingly hidden in the “ore” of God’s Word. A futile effort to uncover? Hardly! Diligent exploration of the Scriptures takes determination. But, like the silver leaching its way to the surface, truth is available to the genuine seeker.
In the search for genuine precious metals, many are tricked by counterfeits. A wise miner compares his discoveries with a standard. We need similar standards in our quest for truth. “Wisdom is better than rubies.” Proverbs 8:11. Wisdom gives us the knowledge to discern “pure gold” from “fools gold” in spiritual things. God promises to give us the wisdom we need. James 1:5.
Christ directs us to diligently pursue the golden qualities of a pure Christian character. “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich.” Revelation 3:18. We don’t need to be wealthy to buy this gold. We give Christ a willing, humble and repentant heart in exchange for a clean heart filled with peace, joy and love.
Gold is purified by extremely hot temperatures. Often the material is refined over and over again, until the craftsman is satisfied that he has only the purest substance. Jesus desires that we have only the purest characters. Yet He does not leave us to this task alone! He is beside us in every step of the process.
“And he shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver.” Malachi 3:3. Though at times this procedure may seem harsh, those who are wise know that the finished product is priceless. “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7.
Those that possess that unwavering desire for truth and purity will, like successful gold miners, be well rewarded for their efforts. God has promised His help and He has never known failure. “But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10.v
Nanette Christensen was a student at Hartland College when she wrote this article.