The Silversmith

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Sometime ago, a few ladies met to study the Scriptures. While reading Malachi 3, they came upon a remarkable verse.

    Malachi 3:3:
    And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

One lady decided to visit a silversmith and report to the others on what he had said about the subject. Without telling him the reason for her visit, she begged the silversmith to tell her about the process of refining silver. After he had fully described it to her, she asked, "Sir, do you sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh, yes, ma'am," replied the silversmith. "I must sit and watch the furnace constantly, for, if the time necessary for refining is exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured." The lady at once saw the beauty and comfort of the expression, He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.

God sees it necessary to put His children into the furnace; but His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for us. Our trials do not come at random and He will not let us be tested beyond what we can endure (I Corinthians 10:13).

Before she left, the lady asked one final question. "How do you know when the process is complete?" That's quite simple," replied the silversmith. "When I can see my own image in the silver, the refining process is finished."