“Gold is the best and most wonderful thing in the world,” was Midas’ opinion. In order to challenge his conclusion, he was given the gift of the golden touch. He was not able to wield such a gift. It was beyond Midas’ discretion to possess such power. When his daughter ran to embrace him, she immediately was frozen in gold.
God’s touch is not unwieldy, though. His work with you is careful and compassionate. He has plotted and planned every detail to produce something far greater than gold. The process is the trial. The very thing you fear most is the passageway that proves our complete trust in Him. Job knew he was tried, but he sought court proceedings with God. He believed he would come forth as gold.
Is that all? Gold is such a trivial thing compared to God’s grace. Gold is used as the pavement in heaven. There is something grander than gold. David’s prayer recognized the process of God in his life also (Psalm 17:3), but the end result was much different. Would David be satisfied to come forth as gold? Not nearly enough. His vision was much more enlightened. He would not settle for precious pavement. “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness” (Psalm 17:15).
What a profound purpose God has for you, believer! You are not simply a desired trinket in his possession. You are to be graced with the dignity of His divine character and perfection. “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Before we are caught up in the divine imagination, pause and consider how great a transformation is necessary for God to do this. What skill and detail, what pain and purpose He must exercise in order to fashion you as such. We are all fascinated with the product of becoming God’s masterpiece, but the value is attained only by the process.
What comfort can be our companion then? “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Hide under the shadow of the wing of the Almighty (Psalm 17:8). Even though everything may appear to be in ruin, understand His way is perfect. Rejoice in the Lord and joy in the God of your salvation (Habakkuk 3:18). Come boldly to the throne of grace to help you in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16), for we know His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide,
who through all changes faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.