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Devo: A Refiner and Purifier of Silver

Often as I do research to make my fiction writing more authentic, I learn something that in turn helps grow my own understanding of Scripture. Such is the case with the work of a silversmith.

To refine silver it must be held over the fire, not just held in the fire, but in the hottest part of the flames so that all the impurities will burn away. The silversmith cannot just place it into the flame, but he must sit in front of the fire. Sit close enough that he can constantly watch the silver. At just the right moment it must be removed and not a moment longer. If left in the flames too long, the silver is destroyed. How does the silversmith know the moment to remove the melted silver from the flame? When he sees his reflection in the silver.

Never forget that God always has his eyes on us. As we go through the flame of trial, He will keep watching us until he sees in us his reflection.

Malachi 3:3 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.'


Tina Dee Books said...

AJ, that is such a lovely picture, encouraging for when we're in the fire and feeling discouraged.

Thank you for sharing your research with us!

Carla Gade said...

What a wonderful meditation. Thank you so much!


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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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