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Fri, Aug 01 2008 - 02:06 PM

MALACHI 3:3

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.
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 the
end.
'Life is like a coin.  You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can
only
 spend it once.'

~author unknown~

 

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