The snowfall that we are currently receiving has been the major topic of conversation for the last couple of days. With that in mind I decided to check out what the Bible says about snow. A quick search showed that the word snow appears 24 times in the ESV bible. As I scanned those verses I was reminded of some lessons that snow illustrates.
- Snow reminds us that God is in control of our world and thus our lives. God makes that point speaking to Job. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. (Job 37:6 ESV). “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, (Job 38:22 ESV). And the psalmist poetically says, “He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.” (Ps. 147:16 ESV). My plans and yours have been rearranged this week because the Lord chose to have a large amount of snow fall. He is in control, and we are not!
- Snow in February is a normal occurrence in Indiana, and it is proper to expect it. Snow in July would be a major surprise! The author of proverbs uses that thought to illustrate what is proper and what is foolish. “Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. (Prov. 26:1 ESV).” To honor someone who lives their life in a foolish manner is just as strange as thinking it will snow in July or August!
- Snow reminds us that it is prudent to plan for the things that we will almost certainly face in the future. As the ideal woman is described in Proverbs 31 we read; “She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. (Prov. 31:21 ESV).” That lady is aware that the cold snow will come and plans accordingly so her family is warm. There is no last-minute panic because she has prepared for what is inevitable.
- Snow reminds us of how God can cover the ugly reality of our sin with the beauty of His righteousness through His grace. When David confessed his great sin he said, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Ps. 51:7 ESV).” The Lord gives this great promise as well, “”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 like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isa. 1:18 ESV).” As I look out our back door to a yard that was dirty and muddy yesterday, today I see great beauty. It is truly amazing what the Lord does as He forgives our sin and cleanses our hearts!
I need to go out and shovel some snow in just a bit, but as I do I will focus on the wonderful truths it illustrates. May the Lord bless you with similar thoughts!