Refiner’s Fire

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. Malachi 3:3

The story is told of a woman who read this verse and didn’t understand it. She wondered what it meant, so went to observe a silversmith at work. She noticed the silversmith held a piece of silver over the fire where the flames were hottest.

She asked if it was true that silversmith had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered yes, and added that he also has to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire because if the silver was left a moment too long, it would be destroyed.

The woman asked further asked – “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”  “Oh, that’s easy – when I see my image in it.” he replied.

We too, like silver, are refined in the heats of life. Notice, His eyes watch closely over us, and like the silversmith, He holds us and He will not leave us in the fire any longer than needed.

Word of Hope Ministries,



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