Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(Psalm 73:23-26 ESV)
While I understand and agree that we need to keep things simple, I would also say that we need to be true to the gospel. The colors must accurately communicate the truth of the big story of the Bible. So I would like to suggest a slightly new way of doing the book or bracelet for you fashion conscience ones—and that way is to begin and end with gold and let the color gold represent the glory of God. There’s no better way to demonstrate that in the beginning everything was about God. From eternity past, the Godhead experienced fellowship and delight. Then in His greatness and majesty, God created a universe that was to enjoy Him and at the end of the sixth day, the Lord could look out across all that He made and say that “it was very good.”Adam and Eve’s early (but brief) time here on earth was spent in unhindered fellowship and worship of their Creator. This is delightful and glorious—this is gold.
Thankfully for us, we can move through black because of the red and onto white, green, and gold. But when we get to the end, is heaven all we get? Is that all the color gold represents? That’s not much better than a Muslim’s view of paradise. No, there’s got to be more, and that’s where Psalm 73 comes in. Asaph helps us clearly see what is the true reward of the believer and that is God Himself. If I don’t get Christ, I don’t want no streets of gold (yes I know I just used a double negative … I’m trying to emphasize a point!). What do we have if we don’t have the Son? Nothing! And He is more than enough—He is my one desire and my portion, my share, my inheritance forever! Jesus is glorious and promises to make His dwelling with us—He will be our God and we will be His people—and the Son has promised to “wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4 ESV).
This is the glory of God and this is golden. So let the color gold define the beginning and the end of this colorful story.