Friday, March 28, 2008

Refining Silver

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 ba ck 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 th e 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.'

A dear friend sent this to me in a e-mail... I wanted to share.


  1. Awesome and inspiring story! Thanks so much for sharing.


  2. Heard before, but oh, my, the repeating of it loses nothing. I hope you and Charlie's fire makes Our Lord see himself in you, for I do.

  3. That is a wonderful story Angela.xo

  4. Yes, I had heard this before, but it is well worth reading it again. It is so true....
    "I was refined in the furnace of suffering"..., too.

  5. Oh I love that! Man oh man, you know that just lifted me.

  6. I love it! Thanks mom. I could picture everything. I needed that.