Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “But who can endure the day of His coming? Who can stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.” (Malachi 3:2-4)
Passage: Psalm 51:1-19
Silver is a valuable metal, but when it is found in unrefined ore, it is usually about 1-8% of the ore in which it is found. To refine the silver, a refiner heats the ore so hot that it literally melts. When the ore melts, the pure silver rises to the surface. The refiner sits and watches intently the entire time, because if the silver is left too long in the heat it will be destroyed. One silversmith was asked how he could tell when then silver was ready to be set aside for use. He answered, “When I see my image in the silver.”
God uses imperfect vessels, but He won’t use dirty vessels. God wants us to reflect His image in this world, so He allows fires of adversity to burn away our rebellious nature and He uses His Word to convict us of sin. Repentance is a part of refining our lives so we can be a good reflection of Jesus and be used effectively for Him.
Apply – (2 minutes)
Pray – (1 ½ minutes)