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
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 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.
Pass this on right now. 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
‘Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only
spend it once.’ AMEN!!!