God loves to use the simple things we see around us to remind us of his love. Here’s one picture from the Bible that many of us can especially relate to: Snow! When you see snow, do you think of Jesus? You could! Here’s what God promised his people long ago: “ ‘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).
You may not like the cold. You may not like the snow. But it’s hard to deny how beautiful it looks to have everything covered with a fresh layer of snow. That’s one of the many pictures that God uses to help us understand the beauty of his forgiveness. You’re as white as snow!
If we’re honest, that should be impossible. As pure and clean as snow? Not me! Our sins stain us like my kids each evening after supper. Ketchup here. Corn there. Applesauce there. Bitterness here. Anger there. Adultery there. Drunkenness there… We could go on and on, couldn’t we? How would we really look if we wore our sins around on our sleeves? We wouldn’t even want to go outside!
By God’s grace, we don’t have to imagine that. No matter what stains cloud your life, do you know what God sees when he looks at you? You are as pure and clean as fresh snow. How? Because “the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). That doesn’t sound right, does it? Blood cleans? Yes! It’s blood—the blood of our Savior Jesus—that took all of our sins away. Those stains of sin are gone—every last one of them. To God, you are as white as snow!
But how long does snow stay fresh and pure? Not long, right? Soon it mixes with salt and sand on the streets, with dirty footprints and dogs doing their business. It doesn’t stay white for long. Isn’t it true that we also take the clothes God gives us in Christ and make them dirty all over again? How great to know that God’s mercies are new every morning! While we may not want it to snow every day, it’s a blessings to know that Jesus’ forgiveness covers us each day like fresh snow.