An End to Darkness

Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine. Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore. Man puts an end to darkness and searches out to the farthest limit the ore in gloom and deep darkness. He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives; they are forgotten by travelers; they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro. As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire. Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.
Job 28:1–6
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An End to Darkness
Humans will literally move mountains to find wealth. Job in these verses is making a point of how far people will go to find a rock or a stone. We may call the rock gold or copper. The stone may be called a diamond or a ruby, but in reality, it is nothing more than a rock. Yet we fight wars and ravage the land so that we might possess these rocks. We plunge into the deepest darkness of the earth in search of wealth.  And so often this pursuit of money and wealth consumes us. The material blessings become a curse.  The darkness consumes us. Yet He who has made the rocks and the stones is more precious than all He has made. Which is of more wealth, the painting or the artist? There are things in this world that we get turned around, mixed up, confused, He who has made all is much more precious than all. Christ has come into this world and enlightened our hearts and souls to the knowledge of His saving grace.  When we are trapped in the darkness of sin His forgiveness puts an end to that darkness.  He gives us life, eternal life, which is infinitely more precious than gold or silver.
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