Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Malachi 3:3 says: "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

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

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she
asked the silversmith, "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."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire,
remember that God has his eye on you and
will keep watching you until He sees
His image in you.

"Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway
you wish, but you can only spend it once."

* Anonymous *

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