Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Fire....

Ok...this is a long one...grab your coffee
and sit for a while...
Don't's not all me talkin'...
there's a sweet story at the end.
I've been going through Freedom in Christ
a women's Bible study at my church....
The past couple of weeks focused on...
Talk about rock your face off!
This week was the Refiners Fire...
the importance of praising God
during those trials...
Our teacher talked about the
Israelites and how they
were rescued out of Egypt...
and they were STILL MOANING
as they were in the wilderness with
God providing for them EVERYDAY!!
How many times have I been smack
dab in the middle of a trial
and I'm moaning or trying to
tell the Lord how to do things
or to speed up the process...
God has me in each trial (wilderness if you will)
for a specific time...
I can choose to moan about it...
I could see this as an opportunity
for trusting
praising the Lord...
praising Him because He doesn't want
me to stay in this ugly mess I'm in...
Praise Him because He wants to
draw me closer to Him
Praise Him becuase He wants
to make me In His Image
Praise Him because
others may come to know
Him because of the trials
I'm in and how I choose
to handle them.
I embrase these trials and
I want to come out of these trials
like the woman in
Song of Solomon 8:5
"Who is this coming up from the
wilderness leaning on her
I trust the Lord...
I trust His timing...
I know He is with me...
In the wilderness...
I'm thankful I have Him to lean on!
I'll end with a sweet story that was read this evening...
a story about the Refiner's Fire
The passage they refer to is Malachi 3:3
"He will sit as a refiner and purifer of silver;
he will purify the Levites and refine them
like gold and silver..."

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."

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."

As the lady 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 was 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.

Author Unknown