Mining Gold

“Surely there is a mine for silver,
    and a place for gold that they refine.
Iron is taken out of the earth,
    and copper is smelted from the ore.
Man puts an end to darkness
    and searches out to the farthest limit
    the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives;
    they are forgotten by travelers;
    they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro.
As for the earth, out of it comes bread,
    but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
Its stones are the place of sapphires,
    and it has dust of gold.

That path no bird of prey knows,
    and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.
The proud beasts have not trodden it;
    the lion has not passed over it.

Man puts his hand to the flinty rock
    and overturns mountains by the roots.
He cuts out channels in the rocks,
    and his eye sees every precious thing.
He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,
    and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.

But where shall wisdom be found?
    And where is the place of understanding?” Job 28:1-12

For those who have never been underground, the holy Scriptures crack it open for our marveled viewing. The Bible, our original science and geology text, reveals what is hidden in the earth by Creator God for man. Gold, silver, gems, metals, minerals, hidden yet available to be discovered and mined. All things worthwhile take effort.

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My son, if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5

What Job describes, Solomon echoes. To behold and extract the beauty beneath the surface, the earth must be opened and miners risk to descend and explore. True treasure must be searched for with diligence, care, and sweat. To plumb the depths of our Lord God we must risk in faith and expend energy and time, matching desire with effort, want with zeal. We will never know the wisdom of God if we do not open shafts in our hearts, inquire with our minds, and regularly go deep into His word and search out His character and ways.

Will I set aside fear of conviction and take the plunge? Will I stop my ear to the world’s banter and enticements and listen for truth from heaven? Will I surrender my hard heart and allow my loving God to break it for the things that break His, and remake it? Will I carve out time to explore and adore my Lord in the dark and quiet of each day?

Father, establish my heart, and orient my life, to seek and mine Your treasure. Strip me of cares of this world, that I value You above all else. (Luke 12:29-31)

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