Yes, silver and gold are both precious materials and pliable for beautiful accessories. However, gold is definitely of higher value. Likewise God has a PERMISSIBLE will for our lives due to our fleshly nature which can be likened to silver. This is far less valuable than the PERFECT will which can be likened to the gold. Our Heavenly Father, unlike earthly fathers knows what’s best for us. Why? He is the only one who knows us inside out. Obviously! He created our inmost being; He knitted us together while we were in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139). How many times have you done something or said something that you regretted later (or even instantly for that matter) which leads you to say, “I can’t believe I did that!” I know I have done that many many times! Naturally – there is a part of us that we ourselves truly don’t know!
Not only does our Father know what’s best for us, He is also not domineering or dominating. He gives us free will – the option to choose, to choose to surrender our will to His perfect plan or to go ahead with what we want.
“Everything is permissible” – but not everything is beneficial.
“Everything is permissible” – but not everything is constructive. (1 Corinthians 10:23).
Rather than wait for the gold, we crave for the silver, and we want it NOW! I recently heard someone define immaturity as wanting something which is perhaps good for us, but also wanting it then and there. We do know that the one of the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit of God is self-control. Could running behind the silver an indication of lack of self control?
If I’m honest with myself, I can say that I don’t wait for the pure gold and attempt to opt for the less precious silver, when my walk with the Lord isn’t strong… Those are the times that my flesh takes over my spirit. I’m reminded of the struggle between the flesh and spirit about which Paul writes in Romans 7:15-16. Reality is we WILL be tempted. God’s word tells us that.
But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
Fasting and praying helps me to get my life back in order, back to the right perspective. We are a body-soul-spirit oriented people. When in the fleshly nature, our body is influenced by the outer world through our senses. These then influence our soul (our mind, emotions, will) making us feel that we need what we sense, then and there. The soul then quenches our spirit by filling it with the desires of the flesh. Even if the Holy Spirit wants to communicate with us through our spirit, He can’t. The spiritual nature works in reverse. We allow the Holy Spirit to influence our spirit… and thus it works from within outwards (spirit to soul to body), resulting with us impacting the world.
Fasting from things of the flesh assists in this process. Fasting doesn’t necessarily have to be meals… it can be anything that tends to rob you of your quality time with God, i.e. the cravings of life that you want NOW and thus fills your mind! It can range from technology (perhaps even your phone, facebook, internet, etc etc) to particular food / beverages to work etc etc.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Paul writes in the preceding verse, how not to conform to the pattern of this world and why:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
Allow the Holy Spirit to show you what dominates your mind and thus prohibits the spiritual nature.