Tired of Snow Yet?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

With the most recent snow storm in the northeast, I’ve noticed that some people are getting tired of winter.  This might not be the case if you are an avid skier or you don’t have to shovel snow.  But for many, myself included, by mid-February we have had our share of the white stuff and we are anxious for spring.  Realistically though, we can’t change the weather and there’s a good chance we’ll see more snow before spring arrives.  So, how do we make the best of it?

One of the places where the Bible mentions snow is found in Isaiah 1:18 when the LORD says, “Come now, let us reason together.  Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”  God urges the people of Israel, who were not known for their faithfulness, to remember the LORD’s love and covenant with His children.  Although Israel’s sins were many, all they needed to do was genuinely call out to God and confess their need for Him and they would be made white as snow.  The color of snow represented purity and spotlessness.  While their sins were presented as being scarlet or red, which is a color that reminds us of the blood that must be shed for forgiveness.

The next time you look out your window and see that it is snowing, think about what God told the people of Israel.  What we need most is not the arrival of spring, but the One who saves us from our sins and make us as white as snow!