Proverbs 30 tells us, “There are four things on earth that are small, but they are very wise. Ants are not very strong, but they store up food in the summer. Rock badgers are not very powerful, but they can live among the rock. Locusts have no king, but they all go forward in formation. […]
We finally have the first snowfall of the winter in Ohio. Is there anything whiter than new fallen snow? I don’t think so. I doubt if God would have used that as an object of comparison regarding our sins, if it were not one of the whitest things in all creation.
In Isaiah 1:18 it says, “..though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” A fresh snow is not only beautiful, but also refreshing. The air even seems to smell sweeter and more invigorating.
What I don’t like about snow is how it looks after a few days of traffic. It becomes slushy, brown, and full of various particles left behind by things that have disturbed it’s serenity. There are few things as ugly as dirty, muddy snow piles in a parking lot or driveway.
We are a lot like snow. We start each morning with sweet communion with God. Our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. We are clean and ready to begin our day. Then we spill our coffee on our new outfit, find the cereal box empty, because of hungry children, and have a fight with our spouse over why they didn’t wash the car yesterday. After all, that salt on the roads will rust out the undercarriage of the car!
When we finally get to work, we find that someone left the lights on all night. What a waste of money. The man in the next cubicle has promised to quit smoking….but hasn’t. Our lunch gets stolen from the office refrigerator and now we have to spend money on lunch or go hungry; that is if someone else will go get it, because now the car won’t start.
Our fresh clean spirit is looking pretty bad. We have trudged through the mud, gathered many particles of bad attitudes, and a bit of anger. Our clothes smell like smoke and we are very hungry. It’s time for another visit with Jesus. His blood will make us as white as snow all over again.
The wonderful thing about our Lord is that He never gets tired of cleansing us, encouraging us, loving us, and fitting us for His Kingdom.