by Andrew Cartwright
“For you, O God, tested us; You refined us like silver”. “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver”. –Psalm 66:10 (NIV); Malachi 3:3 (NIV)
A woman once went to a silversmith to find out more about the process of refining silver as it related to the well-known bible verses on the topic. As she watched the silversmith work, she noticed he never took his eyes off the metal as he held it in the centre of the fire where the flames were the hottest. When asked about why he sat watching over the process so intently, the man explained that if he left the metal in the flames for too long, it would be ruined, so he needed to constantly watch over the process. “And how do you know when the silver is refined?” she asked. “That’s easy – when I can see my own image reflected in it!”
God’s refining process can seem unendingly unpleasant – and hot! But we cannot jump out the flames before the process is complete, otherwise the impurities will remain and we will not reach its desired effect – Christ’s image in us. When God brought the Israelites out of slavery with great miracles and wonders and the promise of leading them to a land of overflowing abundance, he first needed to take them on a purifying journey through the desert. Yet, that entire generation died there, never reaching the beautiful place God intended.
Take action: Let us yield to God’s loving discipline and embrace His calling on our lives. Wait on Him. Nurture an intimate relationship with Him daily. And very soon, His image in you will be completed and He’ll bring you into that promised place of abundance!
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