Daily Archives: 29th May 2012

All that glitters is not gold!

This age-old saying is just as true today. There is a metal called iron pyrites which glistens in the sun­light, but it is not the real thing. It is known as “fool’s gold” and it is not of the same value as real gold.

The saying has come to apply to any­thing that looks nice but is not really as valuable or as worthwhile as it might appear at first glance. People are so skilled at making things look attractive nowadays that we can be easily fooled by something that looks good although the materials used may be cheap and inferior. Such goods look lovely for a short time, but they don’t last. And many other things are just copies – counterfeits or imitations.

Will it last?

This is just as true in the spiritual world as in the material world. Many avenues of thinking and ways of living seem attractive to us, but the enjoyment of them is limited and temporary. Antici­pation is often better than realisation and the pleasure derived can be short-lived.

What we would all like is a quality of life which will last. Our pleasures in this life are so short-lived. Youth is soon over and physical strength wanes.

From the book of Genesis we learn that not everything that appeals to our sensual nature is good for us. Eve took of the forbidden fruit and she and Adam suffered the consequences of disobeying God’s commandment. It was by that act of disobedience that sin, suffering and death came into the world (Romans 5:12).

Gold Standard

God’s Word is the real measure of what is valu­able and what is not. For only God’s sound advice will bring us the happiness we desire – peace of mind now and life for ever in God’s coming Kingdom. Many of the writers of the Bible were inspired to express this truth. Job compared wisdom to gold:

Where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? … Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold (Job 28:12–17).

King David valued God’s judgements as more desirable than gold:

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold (Psalm 19:9–10).

The writer of the Proverbs took wisdom as his theme too, when he said:

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understand­ing; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver and her gain than fine gold (Proverbs 3:13–14).

Do you want to discover this gold for yourself? Then open your Bible prayer­fully and find in it the real gold.