â€œFor you, O God tested us
You refined us like silver
You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backsâ€ (verse 10, 11)
A woman was in a Bible study, where Malachi 3:3 â€œHe will sit as a refiner and purifier of silverâ€ was studied. They all wondered what this meant about the character and nature of God. She wanted to visit the workplace of a silversmith in order to get to know what is happening there. 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 the hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot, and then she thought about the verse that says: He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. She asks 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 said 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 it would be destroyed.
The woman after being silent asked, â€œHow do you know when the silver is fully refined? He smilingly said, â€Oh thatâ€™s easy when I see my image in itâ€... read more ...