God's Plan for Your Salvation
Some time ago,
a group of women met in a certain city to read the Scriptures, and make
them the subject of conversation.
While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came upon a remarkable
expression in the third verse: "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier
One woman'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 the others what he said on the subject. She
went accordingly and, without telling the object of her errand, begged
to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her.
"But Sir," she said, "do you sit while the work of refining is going on?"
"Oh, yes, madam," replied the silversmith. "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 woman at once saw the beauty, and comfort, too, of the expression,
"He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." Christ sees it needful
to put His children into a furnace; His eye 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: "The very hairs
of your head are all numbered."
As the woman was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back and
said he had still further to mention, that he only knows when the process
of purifying is complete by seeing his own image reflected in the silver.
Beautiful example!! When Christ shall see His own image in His people,
His work of purifying will be accomplished.