Thursday, September 13, 2012
God's Refinery by Keith Cook
"And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver" Malachi 3:3
"If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God's experiments always succeed." Oswald Chambers
Our staff has been refined after reflecting on this story several months ago.
AS A REFINER OF SILVER
Some time ago, a few ladies met to study the scriptures. While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came upon a remarkable truth that God is our Silversmith and works to purify and refine our lives.
One lady decided to visit a silversmith and then she prepared a report to share with the others what he 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; because, 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.
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. "
Meditate on these scriptures and see what God says to your heart. Read each scripture. Seek God's insight for you today. He will refine you as you meditate on His Word.
These are some powerful and timely words for today: Acts 20:24, 2 Corinthians 12:15, John 21:7, John 17:4
Daily prayer focus: Pray for God to refine you and let others see Jesus in you.
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