There’s something about fresh snow that’s sort of comforting, although it also seems a little dangerous at the same time. Yes, it is cold, and it can be uncomfortable physically, and heaven knows I’m not all that crazy about shovelling it; in spite of all that there is a comfort in seeing it.
It does have a nice way of covering the brown of winter… not to mention the left-over fall leaves, and it all looks so very clean.
The clean look of fresh snow is more than just in covering up the ground with a fresh white covering, it is representative of something much more profound… and a little scary.
Fresh white snow is mentioned several times in the Bible in connection with the righteousness of God and the purity of His Word, and I don’t know about you, but to me there is something slightly intimidating about that since I am so acutely aware of the fact that I just can’t measure up to His standard.
The comfort, however is greater than the danger, for in Christ we too can be made to “measure up”. Not, of course, by our own work but instead by His.
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Our sinfulness and imperfection, our unholy thoughts and motivations, our inadequacies and unfaithfulness are made white as snow by the blood of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter than I am my own worst critic, it doesn’t matter than somebody might not like me or that I might stumble and fail. What matters is that our Lord has taken care of all of that ‘stuff’ and in God’s sight, by His great mercy and love we are as white as snow in His sight by and through Jesus Christ.
Since Jesus has done this for us, doesn’t it motivate you to redouble your efforts to live a life pleasing in His sight?