What's In Your Safe?

September 27, 2015
by Lou Ciccanti

Job 23:10 – But he knoweth my way, and has tried me as gold that passeth through the fire. (DRA)

As a former coin collector, I have always had a fascination with gold, which is one of our most precious metals. There are several YouTube videos on the Internet that show the painstaking refinement process by which all the dross and impurities are removed to obtain a 99.99 percent pure troy ounce gold ingot. My thoughts are immediately forwarded to the heavenly city found in the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 21:18b – And the city was pure gold, like clear glass. (NKJV)

Revelation 21:21b – And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. (NKJV)

Upon reading this, one realizes that only God can produce 100 percent pure transparent gold, which is native only to heaven. Even with the most sophisticated technology, one can reach only 99.99 percent purity here on earth.

A recent commercial advertises gold investing for one's future. A nagging question at the end asks, What's in your safe? Investing in gold appeals to our desire for security in this world, while our real security is in the Lord. This worldly attitude is one thing that needs to be refined out of us.

1 Peter 1:6-7 – In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (NASB)

God is reminding us that when we are faced with transitory negative problems or situations, He is simply testing our faith; we are going through the fire to be refined.

James 1:3 – Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (NKJV)

Facing these tests, however, we need to pray for discernment: Are we also wearing the whole armour of God and warding off the snares and fiery darts of the devil?

Unlike acquiring material gold, our spiritual growth demands a unique cleansing process. Even though temporarily, Jesus is refining and purifying our hearts, as in the fire, into sincerity and maturity in the faith. When we sin, by asking for His forgiveness, we are cleansed by His blood. In doing so, ultimately, we will be found worthy when walking into His presence — priceless! Therefore, rejoice in the Lord!

As the commercial queries, What's in your safe?

Prayer: God of creation, we thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Word. We prayerfully ask for strengthened faith and peace as we are continually being refined into conformity to Your Son. Perfect us to be the kings and priests that You desire. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Lou Ciccanti <breadoflife@mchsi.com>
Ocean View, Delaware, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Always a good reminder Lou, especially for those of us who have nothing there but our faith.


    I thank you and your wife once again for devotionals that are well written, thought-provoking and inspiring.


    Dear Lou:
    Amen Brother! Fight the good fight – always,
    God bless you.


    Dear Lou,
    Thank you for this thought-provoking and meaningful devotional reflecting upon the purity of our future inheritance in heaven as well as the perfecting of our faith here on earth through the righteousness of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ.
    May the Lord continue to use your writing for His glory!


    Great thoughts, Lou. Collecting has been one of my habits. Now, trying to get rid of things can be a problem. Material things lose their attraction when we keep our minds on heavenly things. Great reminder.


    Such a fitting devotional for these present days when we are continually being warned that the dollar is about to crash. Your reminder that our trust is to be in the Lord alone and His leading for our lives is very important. Thanks.


    Lou, I really like the way you depicted the true security for us, which is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and not solid gold. Sometimes we forget what is truly good for our spiritual life in eternity. God bless Lou.


    Dear Lou Ciccanti,
    Thanks for the devotional.
    I appreciate:Revelation 21:18b – And the city was pure gold, like clear glass. (NKJV)
    Revelation 21:21b – And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. (NKJV)
    Upon reading this, one realizes that only God can produce 100 percent pure transparent gold, which is native only to heaven. Even with the most sophisticated technology, one can reach only 99.99 percent purity here on earth.
    The streets of gold, to me, represent the total purity of heaven because it is God’s special abode, and in his abode all is 100% pure, even us former sinners made perfect by our redeeming Lord.
    Keep writing.

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