Campus Alive

May 18, 2007

Malachi 3 : 3

Filed under: Message — campusalive @ 12:53 am
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 silver.

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.

My friend forwarded this article to me few seconds ago and it’s encouraging to know that God’s always there, keeping an eye on us, watching over us, and never take His eyes off us in the process of refining us.

Have a blessed day.

* yuwan *


  1. ‘My friend”….hmmmm…

    Comment by Wsian — May 18, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

  2. Hi Wei Sian!!It’s you.. of course.. you are my friend!!! Thanks for sending me the email.. It was really encouraging.. I forwarded it to some of the juniors.. and I don’t know who posted it here..Anyway, thanks a lot, Wei Sian!!!Miss you =)Love, yuwan

    Comment by yuwan — May 19, 2007 @ 4:57 am

  3. haha..just pulling your leg.. long story short, should thank my Nigerian group mate. I ‘stole’ it from her email inbox with her consent.. thank God for friends..Miss ya too girl. Hey, don’t mention it=). Take care and God bless.

    Comment by Wsian — May 19, 2007 @ 7:18 am

  4. nice one yuwan.just a suggestion for the blog. since CA got millions of bloggers why dont you link them too?

    Comment by ej — May 19, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

  5. ok lah…i admit i did use Yu Wan’s name to post this… i was really touched by this email tat i decided to post it here lorr… sorry yu wan for illegally using ur name… and to wei sian, thanz for forwarding it… though i may not noe who u are, but i guess u are one of our previous seniors too…about linking bloggers, me and leen will think about it… thanz ej for the suggestion!!!

    Comment by Pat — May 21, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  6. Haha.. PatAlthough you don’t have my written or oral consent for posting this article, but you do have my implied consent to do so… haha… sorry, been learning too much about medical law recently.. =) you need informed consent from a patient before you can perform any treatment or administre any drug… but it is legally permissible for you to do so under certain conditions.. and these are implied consent (i hope i get it right!)haha… anyway, gambateh!!!to all of you in INTEC, do keep CA alive ya!!! Will always keep every one of you in my prayer!love,yuwan

    Comment by yuwan — May 22, 2007 @ 9:10 am

  7. yuwan, medic oso got law one ah??? ciz… when i tot hafaling all the bio notes is already very toturing liaw… now u guys hav to hafal medical law some more… jia you lah!!! haha… thanz for the support… do write sth for the blog then!!!

    Comment by Pat — May 24, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

  8. Thanks Pat!!! =) If I have anything to share with you guys back there, i’ll just send you the message and you help post on the blog ya!! =)Continue to keep me in prayer.. I need it.. for some reasons.. i know i need prayers before I’m drained =)love,– yuwan –

    Comment by yuwan — May 26, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

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