Words from the Heart for Monday May 20th, 2019
But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.
Job 23:10-11 (NLT)
Pure as Gold
Prospectors John Larche, Don McKinnon and Richard Hughes walked into the bush at Hemlo, Ontario one day in the early 1980s. Just a few hundred metres off the highway they discovered gold, and the discovery started a staking rush not seen in Canada since the Klondike gold rush of the late 19th century. Two companies, Golden Sceptre and Goliath Resources, secured rights to a large land package in the area, and were subsequently acquired by Noranda. Noranda permitted and built the Golden Giant mine in less than two years.
Why do hard times come? There is no easy answer to that question. But the Bible tells us that whatever the reason for the challenges, God will work out his best for our lives. The principle that is found at the end of Joseph’s life is true for all of us – what his brothers meant for evil in kidnapping and selling him off, God meant for good. Job discovered this to be true as well. He had been going through one disaster after another and you would expect that he would have grown bitter. Instead, he says this in Job 23:10-11: “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.” Job may not have understood why he was going through all he was, but he knew that through it all he had faithfully kept on trusting. And he knew that when this all ended – and it would end – he would come out a far better man. Through the good times and bad God is making your life pure gold.
These have been words from the heart.