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Thoughts On Job 28 – Mining Gold!

Job 28:1 – Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.

Job 28:2 – Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted out of the ore.

Job 28:3 – Man sets an end to darkness, and searches out, to the furthest bound, the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

Job 28:4 – He breaks open a shaft away from where people live. They are forgotten by the foot. They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.

Job 28:5 – As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Job 28:6 – Sapphires come from its rocks. It has dust of gold.

Job 28:7 – That path no bird of prey knows, neither has the falcon’s eye seen it.

Job 28:8 – The proud animals have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed by there.

Job 28:9 – He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock, and he overturns the mountains by the roots.

Job 28:10 – He cuts out channels among the rocks. His eye sees every precious thing.

Job 28:11 – He binds the streams that they don’t trickle. The thing that is hidden he brings forth to light.

Job 28:12 – But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:13 – Man doesn’t know its price; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

Job 28:14 – The deep says, ‘It isn’t in me.’ The sea says, ‘It isn’t with me.’

Job 28:15 – It can’t be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.

Job 28:16 – It can’t be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire{or, lapis lazuli}.

Job 28:17 – Gold and glass can’t equal it, neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

Job 28:18 – No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal. Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Job 28:19 – The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Job 28:20 – Whence then comes wisdom? Where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:21 – Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the birds of the sky.

Job 28:22 – Destruction and Death say, ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

Job 28:23 – God understands its way, and he knows its place.

1)     There is a place where gold and silver are found

It’s not found everywhere.  True treasure is hidden, and it has to be searched for.  But it is SOMEWHERE!

There is treasure in our ministries… but we have to look for it.  It’s often not found just lying around in the easy places.  But it IS there!

2)    Iron is taken out of the ground and copper is smelted

That which is of great value doesn’t start off as great value.  There’s work to be done to turn it into great value.  You don’t just pick up iron & copper – it has to be worked with and processed.

There IS WORK in our ministries to be done.  We co-labour, co-ergo with God.  Just because God’s in the equation it doesn’t mean everything comes easy!

3)    Man sets an end to darkness, and searches out the furtherest bounds

There comes a point in our lives and ministries where we say ‘there must be more’.  I’m not happy with what I’m seeing, with where things are.  I’m going to go exploring.  I’m going to try some things.

Our quest for gold begins with our dissatisfaction at what we currently have.  Settlers never find gold, only explorers do!

4)    Gold is far away from people, and you have to hang there a while

The place where gold is found is away from the crowds.  There’s no signs pointing to it!  Not only that but you have to be prepared to ‘hang’ for a while, swinging back and forth.  Can feel like a pointless endeavour – is anything ever going to happen?

But that’s the process to find gold.  And it’s the same with our ministries.  The most valuable thing we can be doing is exploring.  Our settlements process the gold.  But our mines and explorations discover it.  If the gold starts to dry up, so do our settlements!

5)    No bird of prey / falcon has found it

Those who are looking for a quick feed and an easy path won’t strike gold.  Gold isn’t found by the birds of prey – the scavengers.

6)    He puts his hand on the flinty rock

There is something very tactile, time-consuming, and involved about looking for gold.  It takes time.  YOU have to do it.  You can’t just delegate it to someone else.  Your hand has to touch the flinty rock.  You have to cut the channels.  You have to stop the water flowing (a difficult thing) so that you can find what’s hidden beneath it.

It’s like that with people’s lives.  We have to touch them.  We have to be prepared to bury deep with them, and to stop up the distractions that are flowing over the top so that we can get to the gold.

7)     The thing that is hidden is brought forth to the light

Finally, after all of the process – the gold is found, and brought from the darkness into the light.

THEN HE SAYS… now, what about wisdom?!  Where do you find it?  The answer… God knows the way.  He’s the only one who can direct us in the things that we’re facing today.

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Preparing For An Encounter With God

Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, change your garments. – Genesis 35:2

prayer3It’s no small thing to seek an encounter with the Almighty God!  God wants to show us His glory and bless us with His presence, but there’s things that we must do on our side to prepare ourselves to meet with Him. 

1) Put away the foreign gods among us

These represent the things that we trust in,look to, or hope in that are not God.  Sometimes these idols can become so much a part of our life that to lose them would appear to bring us a great deal of loss.  But God will not share His glory with another.  If we want to experience the fullness of His power and presence, it means we have to get rid of all substitutes.

2) Purify ourselves

This means that we deal with everything within us that keeps us from the presence of God.  We confess all our sin, we forgive all our enemies.  We hold nothing inside ourselves that is contrary to Him.  We allow the Holy Spirit to move across our hearts and cleanse us in any area that we need cleansing. 

3) Change our garments

Once we deal inwardly with sin, we need to deal outwardly with habits and ways of doing things that are old and tired.  Often, just changing the way we do things can be a vital ingredient to seeing change manifest in our lives.  Old clothes can feel comfortable and we can have a sense of identity with them.  But we have been given new garments which represent our new identities.  We may have been sinners, but now we are saints.  We may have been powerless, but now we are powerful. 

Unity In Worship

2 Chronicles 5:13 – “it happened, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord […] that then the house was filled with a cloud”

Note that the trumpeters and singers were as one, making one sound to be heard in praise and worship.  Unity in worship that builds on unity in the leadership prepares a house for a move of God. 

There are some natural differences between singers and musicians on a worship team.  But when they come together as one – God responds in awesome ways!

The Place Of Preparation

2 Chronicles 4:17 – In the plain of the Jordan did the king make them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah.

The gold and brass items to be used in the temple were all made in the region of the plain of Jordan – for the sound of no tool was allowed at the building site (1 Kings 6:7). 

They were made in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah.  Succoth means ‘booths’, and was the place where Jacob journeyed and made a house for himself (Genesis 33:17).  Zeredah means ‘to puncture’ and was the place where Jeroboam came from (1 Kings 11:26). 

So the vessels fit for use in the temple were made in the clay between the dwelling place and the piercing place.  So it is with his servants – who are refined and tested in the place between glory and pain. 

Music And Prophecy

1 Chronicles 25:1 – Moreover, David and the captains of the army set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with stringed instruments, and with cymbals…

There is a strong link in Scripture between prophecy and music.  In 2 Kings 3:15, Elisha calls for a minstrel to play as he brings a prophetic word for the king.  Music and worship bypass our mind and connect directly with our spirit. 

It’s interesting to note here that it wasn’t just David who set apart these men to play and to prophesy – but it was also the captains of the army. They recognised the power in worship and prophecy, and obviously saw a connection between that and warfare. 

Thousands of years later, nothing has changed – music and prophecy are still linked closely together and it’s a formidable weapon against the devil and his plans!  When we devote our heart to worship and set our mind to believe the promises of God yet to be fulfilled – we unleash tremendous power in our lives for change!

Old Wine, New Wine

Luke 5:39 – No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’"

They don’t ‘immediately desire’ – it is hard when you have drunken old wine to enjoy the new wine.  It doesn’t mean that we can’t change, but it can become very difficult! 

Old wine is the domain of the connoisseur – the one who has ‘been around’.  The old ways, the old songs – they bring a sense of comfort and peace.  It’s easy in an environment like this to let traditions become more important than the commands of God. 

But if we are going to walk with Christ we must become accustomed to ‘new wine’.  We must be prepared for change – and leave behind the things of yesterday to embrace what God is doing today!