Friday, February 25, 2011

Malachi 3:3

Malachi 3:3

"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they
wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an
appointment to watch him at work.
She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.
He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire
where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot
then she thought again about the verse that says:
"He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit
there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver,
but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.
If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the
"How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered,
"Oh, that's easy - when I see
my image in it."

-Author Unknown

Remember, if you are feeling the heat from the fire and feel you can't take much more,
remember God is carefully tending to you in the heat and keeping watch over you until
He sees
His image in you...

Thanks Liz G...

1 comment:

Jenny said...

This is an amazing post at the right time for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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