DayBreaks for 02/06/13 – The Work of the Silversmith
NOTE: Galen is out of the country this week. From the DayBreaks archive:
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” (Malachi 3:3)
“There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across the verse above. This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
“One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver 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 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 even 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.” – Author Unknown
Galen’s Thoughts: What wonderful insights this illustration holds for us! Consider:
FIRST: we know that fire purifies precious metals. We don’t like the fire, though do we? And don’t we always feel like we’re in the very hottest part of the fire? It may well be that, just as the silver in the hands of the silversmith, it takes the hottest flame to purify us. When you find yourself in the fire, what is your reaction? Is it to get out of the fire, or to be thankful for it so that God can do His purifying work?
SECOND: God is the master craftsman. The silversmith knows how long to hold the silver in the fire to accomplish the purpose of purification and when to remove it so that what is precious isn’t destroyed. God has His eye on us every moment that He is holding us in the flame, and He has given us His promise that He only desires good for us and that He will allow nothing in our lives that is too great for us to bear.
THIRD: How does God know when we’ve been in the fire long enough? When He can see that His image has been formed in us and He can see His own reflection when He looks at us. This is similar to what Paul described in Galatians 4:19 where he wrote: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…”.
2 Corinthians 3:18 – “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Lord, help us trust you when we go into the flame…and thank you that your eye never leaves us for even a second! Though we fear the fire of purification, we do trust You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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