It’s not all beer and skittles…
I was reminded of a story that I heard a while back. I’m told that it is true, but have no way of verifying that. Nevertheless, it is the point of the tale that struck a chord.
A group of ladies gathered one afternoon drinking tea and endeavouring to make sense of a somewhat obscure part of the Old Testament; not always easy, granted! They came across a verse where God promised to return in person to His temple in Jerusalem after a long period of absence.
For the faithful, this was something to be joyful about. However, the very next verse pointed out that it would not all be beer and skittles. The expression used was that ‘God would be like a refiner who watches over his fire.’
This puzzled the group and one particular lady decided to pursue the matter further. That week she called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver other than her curiosity to observe the refining process. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in the refining process, he needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were the hottest to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a ‘hot-spot’ and then she thought again about the verse from the prophet Malachi:
”…he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that, yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but that he had to keep his eyes on it the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left for a moment too long in the flame, then 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 and fully pure?”
He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy, the silver is fully refined and fully pure when I see my image in it.”
Now, that made me think as well. Being a person of faith in the God of the Bible is not all beer and skittles. Indeed, the life of a believer may well be painful and costly, but the God of the Bible does promise never to take His eyes off us and will only leave us in the flame for as long as it needs: His aim is that we reflect His image.
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