Refining…. not a word we simpletons really use much. But a word that when applied to our lives is full of meaning. Meaning that we don’t always want… refining is hot… refining is purifying (we tend to like our sin)… refining isn’t always pleasant… refining is needed.
Malachi 3:3 says “He will be like a refiner and purifier of silver…“
I found this story in a devotion online… it had to be shared:
This verse (Malachi 3:3) puzzled a group in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of them 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 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 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.’
A few thoughts:
1. When the fire is hot… God is holding you.
2. When the fire is hot… God is watching you.
3. When the fire is hot… God will not hold you in the fire a minute too long.
4. When the fire is hot… God is making us look like Him.
Whatever your fire is… God is all over it.
I pray that your fire experience helps you live for Jesus today. That’s His desire.
When your fire feels too hot… what soothes the pain?