Your Redeemer’s Image

Feb 11, 2016 1354

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

This verse puzzled some women in the 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 report back at their next meeting.

That week the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention the reason for her visit.

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 so as to burn away all the impurities. She thought about God holding us in such a spot, then she thought again about the verse that says: He will sit 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. She then asked “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.

– Judy Lyew

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