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 so 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  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.

My friend Julie sent this to me at a time in which I really needed it.

Thanks Julie!

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2 responses to “Malachi 3:3……

  1. I like the part about how meticulous the silversmith is in the refining process. It makes me feel like God is actually paying attention to me specifically for for certain purposes. I must remember this.

  2. Dan

    I used this story as an illustration in a sermon once. The series was on how God refines our character through various events in our life: temptation, sorrow, joy, death, etc. I found the story on line somewhere.

    As I was reading the story to the audience I was getting so choked up, I could barely read the last line. There is so much great symbolism in the story — God is the one who holds us in the fire, God is watching us the whole time, we hate the fire – but it is necessary to drive out “impurities.”

    Another part of the analagy is that Gold and Silver are actually very soft metals – kind of like our hearts should be.

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