Sunday, July 04, 2010

A Sweet Reflection



"'He will sit like a refiner of silver...' "
Malachi 3:3 NLT
 
Are you in the refiner's fire today? If you are, don't rebel or try to run away, just sit still and let the refiner do His work. The Bible says: 'He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify [them], refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.' (Malachi 3:3 NLT) A woman who read this verse at a Bible study wanted to know how it related to her walk with God, so she made an appointment with the silversmith. 

Without mentioning anything other than a general interest in the process, she sat and observed him work. She watched as he held the silver over the fire, explaining that in order to burn away every impurity he had to keep it in the middle where it was hottest. She asked him if he usually sat in front of the fire the entire time. 'Yes,' he replied, 'not only do I have to hold it, I must watch it. If I leave it there too long it will be destroyed.' After thinking about that for a while she asked, 'How do you know when the process is complete?' Smiling, he replied, 'That's easy; I see my face reflected in it.'

If you're in the refiner's fire today, remember: (a) He knows what He's doing, so trust Him (b) He won't allow you to be destroyed by the circumstances, or take His eye off you (c) when the process is complete, you'll be more like Jesus and less like your old self. Isn't that what you want? Isn't that what you've prayed for? 

*Courtesy of twft devotions

3 comments:

Nannette said...

Thanks for the reminder to be obedient as my rebellious nature always interferes with the refiner's hand.

supercommonname said...

So, I'm in charge of the devotion tonight at the volleyball bible study I help run and I've been stuck all day on what to talk about. You, my dear, have just helped me out immensely. Yeah Jesus :) Very cool words, indeed, and a great reminder. Thanks Heidi G!

.heidi.noelle. said...

Yay Jesus!! I hope it goes well :)