Refining

The process of refining a precious metal is a poignant analogy for how the L-RD refines those He loves.  I came across an inspirational piece that I’ll share with you here:

A woman was studying the book of Malachi when she came across chapter three, verse three, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver…”

That week this woman called up a silver smith 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 silver smith, 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 silver smith 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 silver smith, 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.”

We can draw a parallel between the piece of silver and ourselves.  At times, the fire of affliction can seem so overwhelmingly hot that we would rather perish than endure it.  Yet, we know that our G-d is so completely faithful to hold us in the fiery trial for just the amount of time necessary to purify us so that we reflect His image.  Refining is therefore a process of love, not of punishment.

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4 Comments on “Refining”

  1. this devotional is awesome that G-d love us so much that He allow us to go through the fire and stay with us the whole time so that we won’t get burn. This awaken me to the reality that many want to serve G-d and want the blessing of G-d but have no desire to go through the refiner process. This is not easy.If we want G-d to take full control of our lives and we say that we love Him then we must allow Him to refine and purify us as silver and gold.

  2. Why in all your writing the G-d is not written out as our God or even another name we know the creator?

  3. AS ALWAYS YOU SAY AND SHOW THE LOVE OF THE FATHER FOR HIS CHILDREN IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WAYS. BE BLESSED. PSALM 25:10 SAYS WHEN WE OBEY HIM THE WAY IS FRAGRANT WITH HIS LOVING KINDNESS AND HIS TRUTH. MAY WE ALWAYS OBEY HIM. I READ THIS A WHILE BACK AND SHARED IT WITH SOME OTHER BELIEVERS WHO WERE BLESSED BY THIS. PEACE AND AMEN

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