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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Refiner's Fire

Been thinking about quite a bit lately of the process of fire and how they refine silver. It goes through a huge process, to take out impurities. We all have impurities! I know I do! Sometimes we go through trials and things so God can produce our Character, to become who He meant for us to be.
Malachi 3: 2 “ But who can endure the day of His coming?
And who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner’s fire
And like launderers’ soap.
3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer to the LORD
An offering in righteousness.
4 “ Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
Will be pleasant to the LORD,
As in the days of old,
As in former years.

Have you ever thought of the process it takes to purify silver? It's quite interesting. Here is a story I found on the internet:

Refining Silver

Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city to read the scriptures, and make them the subject of conversation. While reading the third chapter of Malachi they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." One lady's opinion was that is was intended to convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ. Then she proposed to visit a silversmith and report to them what he said on the subject.

She went accordingly and without telling the object of her errand, begged to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her. "But Sir" she said, "do you sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh, yes, madam," replied the silversmith; "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."

The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." Christ sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random; "the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, and said he had forgotten to mention that the only way that he knows when the process of purifying is complete when he sees his own image reflected in the silver....

--Author Unknown

So, I lay in bed last night, just praying that He can see Himself in me, like a mirror. I want to be the Moon, because it reflects the Sun!
~Niki

2 comments:

A Heart To Homeschool said...

Awesome! I love what you said about the moon. And even though the clouds may hide the Sun at times, it is still there. Thanks for encouragement!

~Jeri~ said...

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