“Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.” 1 Peter 1:6,7
I’m fascinated by the reference to gold in much of the Bible. Who discovered gold and figured out how to use it to make jewelry and idols such as the golden calf, and did the artists who formed the calf use a mold and pour pure gold into it? Most structures we see today, such as the beautiful dome of the Des Moines Capitol building, are made from limestone, copper cladding, or cast iron and gilded with a layer of gold.
My eight-year old grandson and his daddy watch the TV show Gold Rush, about six men in Alaska who make a living by prospecting for gold. The ups and downs of this industry are full of drama, especially when Parker’s grandfather became ill and at the tender age of 21, he took over the mining operation. The fascination of gold has kept this show on the air for over seven years.
In 1Peter,we read letters to both Jews and Gentiles about being persecuted for faith. Peter compared it to gold and when put in the fire how it comes out proved pure. Our faith can be put through the fire, too, and our belief in the risen Lord, who suffered for us, will help us come out “proved genuine” in the eyes of God.
Lord, may we be able to stand firm on our love for you during times of turmoil. Amen.