Thursday, May 28, 2020

Daily Devotion: The Purged Heart

Bible Reading: Malachi 3:1-6

Key Verse: Verse 3 - “And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Key Words: And he shall sit as a refiner

In the great bazaars of Istanbul, Damascus, or Cairo, you will see men sitting at their places in the section of the silversmiths. Beside them you will generally find piles of United States twenty-five, fifty, and ten-cent pieces. Thousands of travelers give American coins as tips, and all of those monies are melted back into silver and poured into little silver charms that are sold back to the tourists. This is done in the most old-fashioned way. I have watched a silversmith drop a coin into the molten silver; in a little while the coin is melted down under the hot fire. Every once in a while the man gets up, lifts himself over the little bowl of silver, and goes back to sawing on some little pin that he is making, a silver clasp or ornament. Again he will get up and look in the bowl; he will take a sieve and scrape off the scoria that is on the top. He takes away the dross, and if you should ask him, “What are you waiting to see,” he would say, “I keep it on the fire until there is no more scum; when I lean over it, I can see myself reflected there as in the best mirror.”

That is what it means in Malachi when it says that God shall sit as a refiner of silver, God says, “I am going to keep you in the fire until I see My face in you; this is what I’m working for. I want to purge away the dross. I want to make you like the Lord Jesus Christ.” While the Scripture doesn’t specifically mention the heart, being like Jesus begins with a purging of the heart!!

What to do:
✞ Desire to be more like Jesus.

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