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tjservant
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 Refined Like Silver

Refined Like Silver


Malachi 3:3 "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 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.


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 2009/9/7 21:35Profile









 Re: Refined Like Silver

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The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"



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He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy—when I see my image in it"



Amen! I was really blessed by this!

 2009/9/8 8:22









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I was also blessed by this! This morning I read these verses in Psalm 66:

[i]10For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

11Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

12Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.[/i]

And I had the thought to look up the process of refining silver....and here is my answer on SI. :-) Thank you for sharing this, brother!


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The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, [b]but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.[/b] If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.



It's so comforting to know that our Father is watching us during those times of proving and refining...He knows exactly what is needed to produce the work of His Son within us.

 2009/9/8 8:59
Leo_Grace
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 Re: Refined Like Silver

Thank you for sharing this, tjservant. It is heartwarming and a wonderful thing to know.

 2009/9/15 23:56Profile





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