Some time ago, a few ladies met to read the Scriptures.
While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came across a remarkable expression in the third verse:" And He shall sit
as a refiner and purifier of silver."
One lady's opinion was that it was intended to convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ. Then
she proposed to visit a silversmith and report to her friends what he said on the subject.
She went accordingly and without disclosing the objective of her errand, begged to know the process of refining of silver
which he fully described to her.
"But Sir," she said, "do you sit when the work of refining is going on?"
"Oh yes, madam," he replied, "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace for if the time necessary for refining
is exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."
The lady at once saw the beauty and comfort of the expression," And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
Christ sees it necessary to put His children in a furnace. His eyes is steadily intent on the work of purifying and His wisdom
and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random. He is aware of their suffering
and knows just how much they can bear.
As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back and said he still had something to mention. He only knows
when the process of purification is complete, by seeing his own image reflected in the silver.
What a beautiful example!
When Christ shall see His Own Image in His people, His work of purification will be accomplished.