“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19
In my last post, I talked about how God made us from dirt and the components of dirt are bacteria, carbon, and minerals. In this post, I will talk about how God transforms people from black dirt to brilliant diamonds.
Even though carbon makes up only .025 percent of the earth’s crust, it forms more compounds than all other elements combined. Carbon is the element of life. In plants, it is the most abundant element. In humans, carbon is second only to oxygen. Even DNA is made of carbon! The Bible is always correct.
This video talks a little bit about the properties of carbon.
Blacker than night, whiter than snow
Of all the natural elements, carbon is the only one that is pure, non-metallic, black. There are others that are sort of black or silver, but none as dark as carbon. And yet, diamonds are born of carbon that was subjected to scorching fire and high pressure. Diamonds are eternal, while our flesh is not.
I don’t think God wants us to insert our own allegory where none was intended. After all, when God made us out of the blackest element of them all, he said his creation was “very good.” That was before we sinned.
But, he knew in advance that death would come through us. It is remarkable that an element that represents the continuous cycle of life and death can also represent eternity. An element blacker than night that permeates all of creation—just as our sin permeates all of creation (see Romans 8:20-23)—can become something brilliant. All it takes is submission to the fires and pressures of trials and persecution, the chiseling and shaping of a Master. Paul submitted to Jesus and God put him through the fires that made a diamond out of him. Check out 2 Corinthians 23-33.
If you want to be a diamond, you must first submit to the Lord. If you want to know how God transforms people, you must kneel at his feet and let Him put you under tremendous pressure.