I must confess that the Canadian in me awoke with a smile of glee when I saw how much snow had fallen over night (5”?). For the English who love these one off snow storms, and for the many school children home from school today the ‘love of snow’ feeling is mutual.
Snow is mentioned in the Bible some 24 times and still today it can occasionally snow in the Holy Land.
Firstly with snow I am impressed by its beauty and how it graces the rest of creation in such a way that transforms it into a new and wonderful landscape:
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’. (Job 37:6a)
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,” (Job 38:22)
Praise the Lord from the earth,… fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word! (Ps 148:7a & 8)
Indeed, the snow of our Creator is meant to point us to Him and be a cause of praise to His holy NAME.
Speaking of holiness, snow is also used to describe God’s holy otherness. After Jesus rose from the dead, we are told that, “His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.” (Matthew 28:3; c.f. Rev 1:14). “As snow,” means pure and radiant, exuding freshness and life. Indeed, that is why Jesus came, so that we might become clean like Him.
The third thing I always think of when I see snow, is not only the wonder of our Creator God, nor His awesome holiness, but that same purity He promises to freely bestow to all who believe and trust in Him for the forgiveness of their sin:
David’s Prayer— Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Ps 51:7)
May we marvel at our Creator today, remember His holiness and turn to Him in faith to be made whiter than snow.
The Lord’s Sweetest Blessings,