Refined as Silver…

some time ago I got this story in my mailbox and it meant so much to me. My mum also got it in hers and she printed several copies of it and placed on the many notice boards of the mission. I don’t think she had any idea of the impact it would make on people. It is a story which speaks to the heart and I’ll love to share it here. It’s called

The Silversmith Story

There was a group of women in a Bible Study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says:

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver”.

This verse puzzled the women 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, this woman called up 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 “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 “But 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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2 Comments to “Refined as Silver…”

  1. Oh! How I needed this post today. God is refining me at this time in my life.

  2. It’s wonderful to know that God cares enough to pay specific attention to us. I’m glad you visited and left a comment too! Thanks Beverly, you are an encouragement!

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