“…the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold…” 1 Peter 1:7
Let’s look at the next step in this gold extraction process. It’s now time to mix the ground rock with liquid and something to make the whole thing froth….yeah, we want bubbles…on purpose.
Next, into all those bubbles, we add an oily ingredient. Gold particles will attract themselves to this slimy substance. And since oil floats, it suspends the gold particles over the froth – conveniently on top of the mess.
When an organic chemical like active carbon is added, it bonds the gold particles to the air bubbles. Aerate it further and you can literally skim the gold off the top of the bath.
Okay, so what does that have to do with us?
Actually, a lot.
This is just another step in the whole separation process of our faith. Have you ever felt –
Over your head?
With emotions spinning?
Where no one seems to understand?
And then, God allows a harsh chemical type situation to be introduced into the mix?
Yeah, this too is all a part of His plan. Only in this way can He extract the worthless from the beautiful.
“Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls (our minds and emotions) to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19).
Are you suffering without feeling that you “deserve” it? This could be happening.
If so, your response is to entrust your soul to Him. Literally, in the Greek, the word entrust (paratithemi) means to place one’s self down in front of another. We are to literally take our emotion and thoughts toward the situation and hand it over to Him.
Tell Him just what you think and feel about it. Then visualize handing it over. Granted, it’s something that you will have to do again and again. But don’t worry about that, Jesus had to repeatedly do the same.
Use today’s comment section to testify: “I’ve placed it into His hands”. I’ll do the same.