Devotional: The Silversmith
Christian Women's Devotion on God's Image Seen in Us
There was a group of women in a Bible
Study on the book of Malachi. As they
were studying chapter three, they came
across verse three, which says: "He will
sit as a refiner and purifier of silver".
This verse puzzled the women 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, this woman called up
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
The woman thought about God holding us
in such a hot spot then she thought again
about the verse, that "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.
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