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Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and cleanser of silver.' This verse puzzled some during a book study, and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of Jehovah. One sister volunteered to find out about the process of cleansing silver and get back to the group at the next book study.

 

That week, the sister 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 cleansing 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 so as to burn away all of the impurities.

 

The sister thought about Jehovah holding us in such a 'hot spot' and then she thought again about the part of the verse that says 'He sits as a refiner and cleanser 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. He answered 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 sister was silent for a moment, then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?' He smiled and said 'Oh, that's easy - when I see my image in it.'

 

If today you are feeling the 'heat of the fire' of Satan's persecution, remember that Jehovah has His eye constantly on you, and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you . Right now, this very moment, some dear brother or sister needs to know that Jehovah himself is watching over him or her. And, whatever they're going through, He will be vindicated, if they remain faithful.

One day you come home and find a parcel at the door with an inscription that reads: ‘With love from your creator, Jehovah’. Impatiently you enter the house and open the parcel. Inside you find a mirror and a letter that reads as follows:

 

My beautiful Creation, I give you this mirror so that you can take a good look at yourself. What do you see? A tired face, little wrinkles, your big eyes which you can’t keep open at the end of the day? Do you also see your heart, your deepest emotions and your sad or happy state of mind? Now that you’ve looked at yourself long enough, please clean the mirror and look again, now I want to show you how I see you.

 

You are a creation of my own hands, you are PRECIOUS in my eyes. When my eyes roam the earth, my heart leaps for joy when it sees your love toward me and your happiness when you’ve reached one of your goals. I also see the beauty of your smile, the honesty of your heart and the help you give others. I also see how you look for me every day, how you find me, talk to me and glorify me with your lips.

 

However, I’ve also noticed something else- I can see that you’re tired and I SEE AND FEEL the suffering of your mind, heart and body. I’m so aware that this system is causing you misery. I can see you are fed up and tired of fighting. I know you feel desperate at times and that your heart is sad. But I also see that you want to continue to stand firm and that both your heart and mind keep on fighting because you don’t want to leave me. That’s why you should know that I cry when you cry, and when you’re happy, I’m happy too.

 

Please let me help you! Permit me to protect you like a father. I want to be a soothing balm for your heart and soul.

 

I know you! You CAN make it. Please don’t leave me. Our precious friendship and your great faith can help you overcome and cope with every trial in your life. I WILL give you the strength you require. Never, ever forget that I love you and will be holding your hand as you fight to finish this ‘race’. Please keep going because I am longing to show you just how happy a perfect life will be. With love greater than you can even fathom, your Father, your God, your Friend, Jehovah.

 

Isaiah 41:10,13 ‘Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness. For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, Do not be afraid. I myself will help you’

Think of Jeremiah and how, after being put in stocks for just one day, he was complaining and cursing the man that announced his birth, and wishing that he had died in his mother's womb. Why? He was tired.    Or.... think of Job's wife. Most people think of her telling Job to curse God and die (Job 2:9). But why wasn't she rebuked with the three so-called “comforters”? Job's wife was tired—probably more tired than we can imagine.    Consider the following:    · When the messengers told Job that he had lost all his livestock, Job's wife lost hers too.    · When Job was told that he had lost all his land and material goods, Job's wife lost hers too.    · When the messengers told Job that he had lost all his children, Job's wife lost hers too. The children that she carried for 9 months, bonded with as she breast-fed each and everyone of them, watched them grow up and stand tall, only to lose them all at once violently.    · Then, to make matters worse, her husband mysteriously and suddenly developed huge boils all over his body that are open and oozing pus and stink. She watched as the man she loves, the father of her children, cracked a pottery jar to scratch himself in order to alleviate some of the pain, but to no avail. This man, who has been all that to her, is staying away because his breath is so bad that no one can stand it. And she can only sit by helpless, without any explanation for anything.    Would we want to continue to see someone suffer or would we too want him to die? Most of us would want a loved one out of their misery. So when Job's wife said “curse God and die,” she wasn't being disloyal to Jehovah. She wanted her husband's misery to end. It was an act of love. She was tired!    In the end, not only was she not reproved but she was blessed with everything that Job received: more children, more wealth, and a healthy husband.    There are times when, due to our health problems—either physical or mental—we are not doing all that we feel we should. If a friend asked you if you considered Job a faithful man you would said, 'oh yes!' But remember: at one time, all Job could do was sit in the dirt and scrape his sores. That was his act of worship, proving Satan a liar. He did not lose faith.    So, next time you are being hard on yourself for circumstances beyond your control, remember the account of Job. We can, in spite of our circumstances, still give a reply even if we are just breathing and praying to Jehovah to get through the next minute. Whether it is physical or mental distress, we can be like Job, only able to scrape his sores and praying to get through this trial. Yet we are still doing what Jehovah has asked us to do: give a reply to the one who is taunting Him.  
What a wonderful reminder for us when we tend to beat ourselves up. Sometimes we can only do a little, but keep our integrity, which is paramount. Then when we get on our feet again, we can do better.Sometimes, we can say to ourselves, just go to the meeting, maybe I can’t comment tonight; I will do better; I will go in service today, maybe I can’t speak, I can just accompany somebody, I will do better. Just don’t give up!Think of Jeremiah and how, after being put in stocks for just one day, he was complaining and cursing the man that announced his birth, and wishing that he had died in his mother’s womb. Why? He was tired.What comes to mind when you think of Job’s wife. Most people think of her telling Job to “curse God and die.” (Job 2:9). But why wasn't she rebuked with the three so-called “comforters”? Job’s wife was tired—probably more tired than we can imagine.Consider the following:When the messengers told Job that he had lost all his livestock, . . .Job’s wife lost hers too.When Job was told that he had lost all his land and material goods, . . .Job’s wife lost hers too.When the messengers told Job that he had lost all his children, . . .Job’s wife lost hers too.The 10 children that she carried for 9 months each; she bonded with them as she breast-fed each and every one of them, watched them grow up and stand tall, only to lose them all at once, violently.Then, to make matters worse, her husband mysteriously and suddenly developed huge boils all over his body that are open and oozing pus and stink. She watched as the man she loves, the father of her children, cracked a pottery jar to scratch himself in order to alleviate some of the pain, but to no avail. This man, who has been all that to her, is staying away because his breath is so bad that no one can stand it. And she can only sit by helpless, without any explanation for anything.Would we want to continue to see someone suffer or would we too want him to die? Most of us would want a loved one out of their misery. So when Job’s wife said “curse God and die,” she wasn’t being disloyal to Jehovah. She wanted her husband’s misery to end. It was an act of love. She was tired!In the end, not only was she not reproved but she was blessed with everything that Job received: 10 more children, more wealth, and a healthy husband.There are times when, due to our health problems—either physical or mental, or financial or whatever else—we are not doing all that we feel we should.At one time, all Job could do was sit in the dirt and scrape his sores. That was his act of worship, proving Satan a liar. He did not lose faith. So, next time you are being hard on yourself, for circumstances beyond your control, remember the account of Job. We can, in spite of our circumstances, still give a reply, even if we are only breathing and praying to Jehovah asking him to get through the next minute. Whether our distress is physical, mental or financial, we can be like Job, perhaps only able to “scrape our sores” and pray to get through this trial.Yet we are still doing what Jehovah has asked us to do: give a reply to the one who is taunting him! DON’T EVER GIVE UP SERVING JEHOVAH GOD!

As a deep-sea diver submerges deeper and deeper under the water, he feels increased pressure.

How does the diver compensate for the additional pressure that is coming from the outside of his suit? Does he open the facemask to let some water in to relieve the pressure? No, he must increase the air pressure on the inside to compensate.

This illustration shows that when put under great pressure, our first tendency might be to miss a meeting or skip one day in service in order to relieve that pressure. But just the opposite is required. If we feel ourselves being pressured by this system of things, we need to take time for extra study, prayer and service in order to balance the pressure we are feeling!

Countless icebergs float in the frigid waters around Greenland. Some are tiny; others tower skyward. At times the small ones move in one direction while their gigantic counterparts go in another. Why is this? The small ones are pushed around by the winds blowing on the surface of the water, but the huge ice masses are carried along by deep ocean currents.

Johnny Fulton was run over by a car at the age of three. He suffered crushed hips, broken ribs, a fractured skull, and compound fractures in his legs. It did not look as if he would live. But he would not give up. In fact, he later ran the half-mile in less than two minutes.

Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was nine years old, but he did not give up. He became the Olympic high jump champion in 1952. Shelly Mann was paralyzed by polio when she was five years old, but she would not give up. She eventually claimed eight different swimming records for the U.S. and won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Lou Gehrig was such a clumsy ball player that the boys in his neighborhood would not let him play on their team. But he was committed. He did not give up. Eventually, his name was entered into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Woodrow Wilson could not read until he was ten years old. But he was a committed person. He became the twenty-eighth President of the United States.

Endurance is like dancing with a gorilla: you don't stop when YOU get tired; you stop when the GORILLA gets tired.

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