Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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

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

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.

Share this with otehrs. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching
over them.

And, whatever they're going through, they'll be a better person in the end.

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


Maggie May said...

That was a lovely explanation. I have always known what a refiner was...... but I had never realized just how significant this description........ *until I can see my image in it*........ was until now.

Maria Killam said...

Love that story! And especially good to be reminded that every one around us is a mirror into our personality.

Whitney Lee said...

That's lovely. And it's such an eloquent way to remind us that we are never alone.
Thank you for stopping by and for the kind wishes.

James Oh said...

Maggie May,
I am glad you too love this explanation. Thanks for being honest with me and me too only realize after i have read it.

Maria Killam
I do agree with your view. Thanks for dropping by and your comment.

Whitney Lee,
You are right and He never abandon any of us - that's His promise.

yoon see said...

Yeah, that's how great is the God.
We are not alone:)

James Oh said...

Sis Voon See,

I agree with you that God is great. He will not abandon any of us, unless the person choose not to be with Him.

Thanks for taking your time to read this post and leaving behind a great comment.

Have a blessed day,



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