“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.”

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Thought of the Moment

Malachi 3:2-3 - "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver". 

There was a group of women in a Bible Study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, 
they came across verse three, which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse 
puzzled the women 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 up 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 "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 
firethe 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 
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. 

-Author Unknown