“Silver and Gold” were used by the ancient civilizations for trade and commerce. Having more of these denotes that someone is powerful, coming from a wealthy family, and with great authority. Because of it’s significance it is highly valued.
What are your silver and your gold?
A. Priorities: My Silver and My Gold
“Silver and Gold” apart from jewelleries which we may be wearing either in a day-to-day basis or in an occasional basis, it can also symbolize to our priorities in life. As people during the ancient times work for silver and gold, this means that it is of great importance. We will not set something as a priority if it is not important. In a day-to-day life we categorize priorities as either – high, medium or low. We as humans have our “free will”. The Bible teaches us that we are called to be free but we should not use our freedom to indulge the flesh (Galatians 5:13a)
“Indulging in the flesh” means satisfying our personal, worldly desires over that will of God in our lives. Sometimes we indulge in our flesh to easily resolve matters that bothers us without even consulting God.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh”
B. Achievements: My Silver and My Gold
In the Book of Exodus, the Lord said that He will send the first plague to Egypt which will set them free from captivity (free from bondage), the Lord also instructed them to ask for articles of silver and gold. (Exodus 11:1-2).
Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely. Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbours for articles of silver and gold.”
Exodus 11:1-2 NIV
The first thing I asked was “Who will freely give his/her silver and gold to his/her neighbour?” Our silver and gold may symbolize our achievements in life. Most of the time we take the glory for ourselves and we tend to become so forgetful to our Jehovah Jireh. Why? Because it has been our bare hands who worked, it is our minds that strategized, and it is our passion that drove us.
But wait! Who gave the power to our hands so we can work? Who has given us the wisdom to strategize? Who puts empowerment in our hearts to continue? Only God!
What was the origin of this order?
In Exodus 3:21, the Lord said that He will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the Israelites so that when they leave Egypt, they will not go empty handed.
“And I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.”
Exodus 3:21 NIV
Everything is God’s perfect plan! As it is written in the book of Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” God always looks after our prosperity, hopes and future. This implies that even before we worry over matters, God has already provided an answer!
How did the Israelites managed their silver and gold?
In Exodus 32, when the people no longer see Moses they asked Aaron saying (in verse 1), “Come make us gods who will go before us”. The next day they sacrificed burnt offering to the image of the golden calf.
Despite all of God’s supremacy and sovereignty over the matters that troubles our heart, we still seek to find answers and see the answers by our own eyes, personally. We have embraced “To see is to believe” nature. We tend to set our personal, worldly priorities as a high priority and we even set our achievements as something attained out of our own capabilities.
I pray that we will always look after the gracious state of God which shall drive us to make Him as our silver and our gold. Jesus is the true vine, keep yourself connected to Him and you will get a kind of silver and gold that last for eternity.
The first step in making Jesus as your silver and gold is to accept Him as you personal Lord and Saviour. Come to Jesus with a willing heart that sees no fault nor flaws but love. He was not sent by the Father into the world but to save the world through Him – He is our salvation.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
John 15:5-8 NIV
Reflection Question: What are your silver and gold, and what are you doing with it?
I thought my life was fine flowing based on my plans and will until He has changed the road i am travelling into the road that leads to Him - along that way I met Jesus.
A self-centred life became God-centred as I learned to honour and to devote myself to the One who has endured it all to save a wretch like me.
I am a favoured engineer by God at work, but serves as a Sunday School teacher (a builder) at Hope Church Singapore (in His Kingdom). It is because I see the value of reaching out the kids at their young age for Jesus.
To share testimonies on how God is changing me into whom He wanted me to be is one of the encouragement I can tell the world, but it is He who should gain the honour. Apart from him I have no good things.
I spread the seeds, some may water it but it is only God who can make it grow.