The Comfort in Malachi 3:3

Once again, I have Martha to thank for this story.

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 means about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to their group at the 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 the hottest 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 said 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 until He sees His image in you.


1 Response to “The Comfort in Malachi 3:3”

  1. 1 Debi D July 27, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Becky,

    You have visited my blog a couple of times and I’ve now made my way to yours….nice to meet you! I’ve read a few of your most recent entries and plan to come back to read more.
    BTW, I loved your post about the English Language…how humorous!

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