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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

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.

— Author Unknown