Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Refiner Of Silver

Confession.  This weekend went WAY too fast!  I’m thinking I could use a few more hours sleep, a fresh bottle of Advil, and while we’re at it, can anyone recommend a good maid service??  Lol!

We got started on a home-improvement project which I can’t wait to tell  you more about!  However, because we spent all of our time outside, the inside of my house has reached a new level of lived-in.  Yuck.  And that’s bad for you.  Because I’m making myself right the mess before I unveil what we’re up to.  Aren’t I a tease??  

But I’m not all bad.  Because I neglected my blog all last week, and you were probably wondering if I fell off the face of the earth, I thought I’d share this story today.  My aunt emailed it to me a few weeks ago, and I thought it was pretty neat.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The Refiner Of Silver…

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 will sit 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 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. 


Have a wonderful Tuesday!  I’ll be back tomorrow with pictures.  I promise.  :)


Mari said...

I've seen this before, but love it! Thanks for sharing it!

Esther said...

just found your blog...i look forward to poking around.
Thanks for this encouragement today.

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see pictures. Refiner's fire...it's where we all are huh?