person had observed that there is something remarkable in the
expression of the prophet Malachias (III,3) -- “He shall sit as
refining and cleansing the silver”. It was agreed that a silversmith
should be called in to give his opinion on the subject. Without
disclosing the direct object, he was asked the process of refining
silver, which he described in detail.
do you sit watching whilst the work of refining is going on?”
yes” answered the silversmith, “I must sit with my eyes constantly
fixed on the furnace, for if the necessary time be extended in
the slightest degree, the silver will be injured.”
At once the
beauty and truth of the expression “He shall sit as refining and
cleansing the silver” is apparent. Christ sees it needful to
put His children into the furnace, but He is seated by the side
of it. His eye is steadily fixed on the work of refinement and
purifying His wisdom and His love are both engaged in the best
manner for them;-- their trials do not come at random, their hairs
said he had still further to mention that he only knew when the
process of purifying was completed ...BY SEEING HIS OWN
IMAGE IN THE SILVER.
figure! When Our Lord shall see His own image in His Children,
OF PURIFYING WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED.