Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Malachi 3:3

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 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 thathe had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.  
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 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.  


cooperkelly4 said...

Oh I love this!!!! I am sharing this with my womens bible study this week. Thanks for sharing it. Still praying for you and Brandon and your family! Kelly

Janette Wright said...

Stopped by from the blog party. I have always loved this story...and read "Refiners Fire" by Kay Arthur...I am in the Refiner's fire, and wanting his face to be reflected.

Lisa said...

Stopping by from the UBP...

Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

It's neat to find other people that blog about discovering God's purpose for your life.


Rebecca said...

Love it ~ keep the truth at hand!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Will certainly follow you as well.
Looking forward to future blog postings.
Blessings to you and yours!

Jenn said...

Wow, what an incredible story. What a comfort to know that the Lord is holding us, eyes always on us as he makes us more like Him each day!