Malachi 3:3 says, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.” NIV
Have you ever considered what this might mean for you personally?
There is an essay titled “The Refiner’s Touch,” Author Unknown. In this story, a silversmith explains the process of refining silver: The silversmith holds a piece of silver over the fire to heat it up. The silver must be held in the middle of the fire where the flames are the hottest. This burns away the impurities. The silversmith must sit there, holding the silver, keeping his eyes on it the entire time it is in the flames. If the silver remains in the fire for too long it will be destroyed. The silversmith knows the silver is fully refined when he can see his image reflected in it.
Now, re-read the verse in Malachi. Then, re-read the story, replacing “silversmith” with “God” and “silver” with your name. Wow!
What was your refining fire?
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In a coming blog I will share one of the things God used to refine me.
*Sometimes the refining moments of our lives are too painful to face alone. Even though we know God is always with us, we don’t always feel like we can cry out to Him. At times like these a Christian counselor can be a wonderful resource. If you or someone you know is struggling, please contact me for an appointment or a referral.