You are Gold, unrefined though you may be at the moment. We’re studying 1 Peter in the Faith Mamas Tribe app, and I am struck by the mention of our faith being refined like gold in Chapter 1 verse 7. I know that gold must be melted to get all the impurities out, but I decided to look further into this. I discovered so much! First, Raw mined gold is full of other metals, minerals and impurities. What you actually mine out of the earth is ore. You may see a few traces of gold glittering through, but to find and purify it there are several steps that must take place.

Ore must be smelted refined for gold to be found and purified

The Smelting Process

First, extract ore from the earth, then the first process it endures is smelting. Next, “separate gold minerals from the crude matter holding the ore together.” To find our true selves we must first allow God to separate us from “the crude matter holding us together”.

Getting rid of those comforting sins that make us feel so in control and free in the moment. Letting go of toxic relationships that we are bound to. Surrendering the little gods of this world that we cling to for our security and identity. These all feel a whole lot like our world is falling apart – that stuff is what is “holding us together”! It hurts and is scary to let those things go – there is so little left, and it’s all in these ugly broken pieces.

And THEN there’s more! “The gold ore is then pulverized using pressure to create very fine particles.” Wait, what!? My world has just fallen apart, and now I’m going to be put under so much pressure that I’m pulverized into tiny little nothings!? How is this good for me?

Refining the Gold

Ok, so we’re done now right? Things start looking up from here – we got rid of my “crude minerals” and I’m a fine dust now. The process gets easier NOW right? Sorry, here’s where it really “heats up.” Once the ore has been smelted down to powder it must be refined.

Smelting is not always the final stage in gold extraction. Depending on the intended use of the gold, it may have to be refined before being put to use. Refining gold is simply the process of removing the finer impurities that the smelting process could not remove

The refiner’s fire is HOT! 1947.52 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. In order to remove the “finer impurities” and make the precious metal as pure as it can get you must melt it. As you add chemicals (flux) and heat it to a melting point, these impurities or “dross” float to the surface and skiyou can skim them off. The refiner must sit and stir up the melting mixture, and skim off the dross as it appears.

Refining with flame is one of the oldest methods of refining metals. Mentioned even in the bible, refining by fire is the preferable method for larger quantities of gold. In ancient times, this form of refining involved a craftsman sitting next to a hot fire with molten gold in a crucible being stirred and skimmed to remove the impurities or dross that rose to the top of the molten metal. With flames reaching temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius, this job was definitely a dangerous occupation for the gold refiner. The tradition remains largely untouched today with the exception of a few advancements in safety and precision.

Gold in The Liquid State

Once refined it is now a molten liquid. Yet, while in this state it is not very useful. The goldsmith must still put it into a form. In it’s liquid state gold is vulnerable to the environment it is in. The crucible in which you heat it must be granite or the chemicals (flux) used in the process will weaken the vessel and allow the molten liquid to seep out – making it impure again. As with all liquids, gold in this part of the process will take on the shape of it’s environment. It must be put into the correct form to harden and become what it was intended to be.

Liquid gold, ready to be molded

You are indestructible!

Did you know Gold is indestructible!? You can take the same ingot or piece of jewelry and melt and re-form it over and over and never lose any of the gold. Now you can make it into smaller items, redistribute it and spread it around the world. But you cannot destroy it. God has refined you like gold – made you pure by his hand, and has left only the indestructible parts of you.

So we see all the pulling away from, pulverizing pressure and firey furnaces with chemicals that further separate you – it made you indestructible! You are useful, beautiful, treasured, and pure. Exactly what God intended you to be from creation.

Gold is the beautiful, worthy, indestructible product of trials and loss. Trials are not our enemy – they are what make us pure and useful. Trials bring out the strength and beauty of you! This is why we can “consider it all Joy when we face various trials”.


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