The Philosopher’s Stone

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 7

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

–2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)

Submission to the order of God: this is the true philosopher’s stone. It turns all our activity, all our boredom, all our suffering, into divine gold.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

The alchemists of medieval Europe sought the philosopher’s stone, a substance that could turn common metal into gold. Of course, if found, it would have to be kept a secret. If you create too much gold, it is no longer rare, and so it is no longer valuable.

How different it is with divine gold! God’s presence never ceases to satisfy the human heart, and it never will. God never disappoints or loses his value, and he never gets bored. If we get bored, or disappointed with God, it is because we have lost the true philosopher’s stone: submission to the divine order.

1 Peter 1:3-4 speaks of the divine nature and the divine power, and how we have been given promises by which we can escape the corruption—and the boredom and frustration—of the world. These verses describe God’s order for us, and this description holds true every moment of our lives. Our common error is thinking that, although these verses are true, somehow “now” doesn’t count—the present moment, that is, is made of boring human “lead,” and not divine “gold.”


The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.