More Precious Than Gold

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The Japanese art of Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is where cracked or broken pottery is mended with gold.  The finished result is beautiful, functional, and increases the vessel’s worth.  Such is the same in our lives when we allow God to take the gold of His Holy Spirit to the trials, problems, and broken pieces of our lives and bring restoration, healing, and beauty from the ashes.

Smith Wigglesworth once said, “To be molded by the hand of God must become our everything, our all-consuming desire.  When it is, every trial is a blessing, because in everything we see the opportunity to trust Him to purify us further.  As we are able to discern the truth and live as melted gold, as moistened clay, as softened wax, with broken and contrite hearts, we are pliable in the Potter’s hands, as He conforms us to His image.

  • Only melted gold is minted;
  • Only moistened clay is molded;
  • only softened wax receives the seal;
  • only broken and contrite hearts receive the mark as the Potter turns us on His wheel, shaped and burnt to take and keep the mark, the mold, the stamp of God’s pure gold.”

“So that the genuineness of your faith — more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

~ 1 Peter 1:7

Trusting When We Don’t Understand

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I just happened to be reading Tim Keller’s book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering while recovering from severe burns from a grease fire in my kitchen.  I stumbled upon the powerful piece of wisdom below that was a terrific reminder for me during this time of healing, but is also important to remember no matter what difficult or confusing circumstances we might find ourselves in life.

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Tim writes:

“When my son was around eight years old, he began to exert his will and resist his parents’ directions.

One time I told him to do something and he said,

“Dad, I’ll obey you and do this – but only if first you explain to me why I should do it.”  

I responded something like this:

“If you obey me only because it makes sense to you, then that’s not obedience, it’s just agreement.  The problem is that you are too young to understand most of the reasons why I want you to do this.  Do it because you are eight and I’m thirty-eight – because you are a child and I’m an adult and your father.”

We can easily see why children need to trust their parents even when they do not understand them.  How much more, then, should we trust God even though we do not understand Him.  It is not just that the differential in wisdom between Him and us is infinitely greater than the difference between a child and a parent.  It is not just that He is sovereign and all-powerful.  We should also trust Him because He earned our trust on the cross.  So we can trust Him even when He hasn’t shown us yet the reason why.  He is good for it.”

~ Taken from Pages 153-154 of Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller

“I have calmed and quieted myself as a child, like a weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child.”

~ Psalm 131:2