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Last updated on November 3, 2023

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…”

I Peter 1:6-7

In the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, following a tornado, Dorothy’s house deposits her in a land called Oz. Longing to find her way back home, she is encouraged by the good witch, Glenda, to follow the yellow brick road. “The mysterious wizard might be able to help you return home,” she told Dorothy.

Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road toward Emerald City and meets three friends. Their trip is interrupted, however, by evil witches who bring darkness to the fabled land of Oz.

Eventually, Dorothy discovers the disappointing truth. The wizard who was supposed to help her return home is a counterfeit. Her dog, Toto, exposes him as a fraud.

Here is another fabled story that crossed my path.

A man tried to sell a one-ounce Maple Leaf on a beach in a prominent section of town. “Will you buy this gold coin for $50?”

“No, I don’t have any money.”

He approached a woman, “Would you like this Canadian coin for only $25?


“Why not?”

“I don’t have $25.”

“Suppose I offer this to you for free. Will you take it?”

The woman turned it over and examined it. “It’s beautiful.”

“Do you want it?”


Beachgoers didn’t want the gold coin because they only knew the counterfeit—green paperbacks.

A look at history might reveal a clue about this stunning revelation. Gold, a precious metal, has been used by man since ancient times for commerce. Long ago, people recognized it for what it was—rare and valuable; but today, passersby can’t even identify genuine gold on a beach.

During the Great Depression, governments around the world abandoned the gold standard. In 1933, Congress and President Roosevelt banned private ownership of gold and asked citizens to turn in their gold at $35 per troy ounce, essentially robbing Americans of their wealth.

Although it became legal to own it again in the 1970s, the money changers (Federal Reserve Bank and central banks) suppressed its value to bolster the dollar and manipulated the system to their advantage.

Gold became worth less than counterfeit because it was not considered a currency, thus enabling the Federal Reserve and the central banks to control the vast money supply.

Counterfeit “gods” mark the last days. Sports enthusiasts go to sports events to numb their pain. Hollywood fans idolize Hollywood stars, wondering what it would be like to be rich and famous. Small-minded people think this “idol” or that “diversion” will make them happy, and there are many “wicked wizards” who want to manipulate the masses with fear and deception so they can “own” them.

While The Wizard of Oz is only a story, it symbolizes our longing for home. We meet all sorts of people along the way, and the evil one tries to derail us. But God’s messengers help us to make it safely home.

In Heaven, nothing is counterfeit, and we will behold all the Good Works of God. Jesus will welcome us on a magnificent road paved in gold. And as beautiful as I imagine that road will be, what I long to see most is my Lord and Savior. All the gold in the universe couldn’t purchase that first-class, one-way ticket to Heaven.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us not to love the counterfeits of this world that are here today and gone tomorrow. May our faith be more precious than gold when tested by fire. May we bring praise, honor, and glory to Your name.

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Lorilyn Roberts