“Why will you still be struck down?
Why will you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.”
“When you spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil, learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.”
“Come now, let us reasonc 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.
If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be eaten by the sword;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
– Isaiah 1:15-20
Ah, snow storm time in Tennessee. Yes, we do close down everything with 1 inch of snow, and I am totally ok with that. That means now school, no work, and I am free to indulge in my life passions of immersing myself in my instruments, blogging, and replenishing my soul in the Lord’s word. While I see snow as a beautiful and delicate show of God’s power, others see it as an inconvenience. We have places to go, people to see, and stuff to do. Snow forces us to slow down. And when it does, do you ever stop to watch it playfully float around like a feather, and then watch it lay ever so peacefully on the ground. Even when it is a blizzard and the winds are violently moving, it always manages to lie peacefully on the ground.
Snow is graceful, bright, and pure, and it covers everything. Nothing, not even mud, can stop the small white flakes from covering it and making it look so pure and bright. Snow is a beautiful reminder of what Jesus did for us. He took our scarlet sins to the cross, made them His own, and took our punishment for us. He covered our sins to make them pure, and bright, and worthy for God.
God is full of grace. He is the brightest of bright, and the purest of pure, and God deserves only the purest in His home. So it makes sense why God speaks about how He will hide, ignore, and turn away from us because we are so tainted with dark ways. He is a God of justice and glory and should only have pureness around Him. We are prideful creatures and do not like to think of ourselves as unclean beings, but we are! We have always been this way sense Adam and Eve took that fateful bite. If it weren’t for God’s immeasurable love for us then we would not have a chance. Our souls can return home to be with our beautiful and glorious King. We were all washed clean by Jesus. We are all made beautiful by God’s grace.
The snow is a perfect reminder of His actions, because even the darkest of sins can be made white as snow. Let us marvel at our Lord’s glorious ways, and praise our gracious King, because even in our darkest moments He still loves and wants to know us.