As A Refiner of Silver

"But who will be able to endure it when he comes?
Who will be able to stand and face him when he
appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that
refines metal or like a strong soap that whitens
clothes. He will sit and judge like a refiner of silver,
watching closely as the dross is burned away."
Malachi 3:2-3b NLT

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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 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.

~ Author Unknown ~

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the
Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope. In those days when
you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in
earnest, you will find me when you seek me."
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT

Please pass this page on to everyone you know.
Someone you know and care about may need to know
that God is watching over them and, no matter what
trials they're enduring, they'll be a better person.

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Completed on ... August 29, 2010