We all know that gold is considered to be a precious substance. You pay a high price for gold jewelry or other items made of gold. History is filled with “gold rush” stories of people who gave up everything to try to find their fortune panning or mining for gold. But just how rare is this metal?
Even today, mining companies still work in places where the yield of gold is just one ounce for one ton of worked dirt. It takes a lot of work to find gold on this planet because there isn’t much of it. If you melted down all of the gold that has ever been mined, it would fit into a cube that would fit into an Olympic size swimming pool.
Gold is so limited that the international monetary system is no longer based on gold but on paper currencies like the dollar. In fact, the full gold standard only lasted from the 1870’s to World War I.
But what is scarce on earth is abundant in heaven. When John caught a glimpse of heaven he said, “The great street of the city was of pure gold” (Rev. 21:21). It’s another vivid reminder that what we frequently pursue and consider to be of greatest value is nothing more than pocket change to God.
What a beautiful thought that the One who owns every resource has given this promise: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19. We can trust Him to take care of us here on earth and to share the beauty of His riches, including the glorious streets of gold when He takes us to Heaven.
Your Friend In Faith,