This is a good story that puts our trials and tribulations in parable
form. I hope you enjoy the story.
THE SILVER REFINERY
Some time ago, a few ladies 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 of silver." Malachi 3:3. 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 them 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 be exceeded
in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."
The lady 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." Matthew 10:30
As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, and
said he had forgotten to mention that he only knows when the process of
purifying is complete when he sees His own image reflected in the silver.
This is a good parable to let God's people know that when trials and
tribulations may come our way, we are to count it all joy because the end
of that trial will make us stronger and more faithful than we were before
the trial. I encourage you to be strong and never let a problem or trial
get you down or lose your joy. Jesus is still on the throne and still in
control of every situation so never feel discouraged or defeated in Jesus
mighty name I say these things to you.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 12:5-6 "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be
discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He
chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."
James 1:2-5 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh
patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect
and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of
God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry