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Refiner's Fire

"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver"
(Malachi 3:3).

This verse puzzled a woman in a Bible study and she
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 the 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 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

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.

-- Source Unknown
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