Posted by: Nancy Brown | February 15, 2007

Malachi 3:3

I got this today in an email from a LDS Moms group I am in. I loved it. It reminded me so much about what I have been feeling. During the time that I was with Tyler I felt so alone. I prayed ALOT and had my scriptures there.  They were always close by. I wanted to feel something or someone was looking out for me. I know that He was .That is how it works. I was alone as far as my *friends* went but I was never alone….

Malachi 3:3 says:
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”                                                                  

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study 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 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
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 says: “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 fire the 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.



  1. What a wonderful analogy!

    I hope that Ty is doing well!

  2. It is a great analogy.

    I too hope that Mr. Ty is doing better!

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