Tuesday, November 3, 2009

He will sit as a Refiner and Purifier of Silver!

Hello! I wanted to share something with you today that I received in my e-mail from a dear friend of mine. Sometimes we go through trials in life, and we don't understand why we go through them. All we know is that God has a purpose even if we never know while we here on this earth. I know life can be very discouraging at times, and when I read this e-mail, it lifted me up. It gave me strength and the assurance that God knows exactly what He is doing. Here is what I hope will help you today! I hope you have a wonderful day, and know that Jesus loves you!
God bless,
Paige Tadpole

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 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.