About 2 weeks ago, we received the following article that really encouraged us… and we received it not once, but TWICE. It came at a time when (some of you may know), we were going through a tough period of growth, rethinking our convictions, learning to pray and depend on God, learning to be patient and persevering, re-looking at our core values of loving God, loving people, counting the costs of serving and following Him… etc.
Well, the process of growth especially since we became “solo” here on the field of Ecuador has not been an easy one. It was a steep learning curve, it was tiring (physically, especially during the moving to the new church place; emotionally, especially when we felt disappointed, received criticisms and etc.; mentally, learning and more learning of spanish, of planning, praying over the numerous decisions to make; spiritually, serving week in week out, day in day out… wooh..), it was draining, and we know it’s not over yet. Afterall, it’s a process! But we really thank God for it because now we are learning to see it as God’s beautiful, refining fire. If not for how hot the fire is, we would not be as pure as God wants us to be. And if not for how difficult it is, and how patient the Refiner is, we would not emerge stronger than we are before. 😉
Thank God for tests and trials that purify us and make us stronger than before!
ARTICLE: Malachi 3:3
Malachi 3:3 says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest 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 says: ‘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 as 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 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.’
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
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And here’s to share a beautiful song that’s been ringing in my head… “Refiner’s Fire” 🙂