I love the snow, what about you? I’m not talking about a blizzard or sleet, but that perfect snow…the kind that actually sticks to the ground and rolls up to make a snowman. Living in Arkansas, I haven’t been in a perfect snow very many times. I do remember a huge snow around 1985 as a kid. I think it snowed for a couple days and we got more than a couple inches on the ground. I remember building a snowman, making snow angels, and my mom making snow ice cream. I read on a weather website recently that there is less than a 1% chance of snow on Christmas where I live. You know what that tells me, there’s a chance! I’m not sure, but I think it snowed on Christmas a couple of times in my life, and I’m hoping for a white Christmas this year.
Did you know the word snow is in the bible over twenty times? One of my favorite is Psalm 51:7. It says, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” The forgiveness of God makes our lives whiter than snow! Jesus’ name means “He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). I’ve been snow skiing a few times and it’s so white and bright that you have to wear sunglasses or risk hurting your eyes. There is such a thing called snow blindness. The glare coming off the fresh snow can reflect 90% of the UV radiation. While the reflection off the snow can be a bad thing, the reflection off a life made white as snow through the forgiveness of Jesus is a very good thing. My next favorite bible verse about snow is Isaiah 1:18. It says, ““Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Thank you Jesus for your forgiveness. While there may not be much of a chance of snow at Christmas this year, there’s a 100% chance of Jesus forgiving our sins.
Question: What do you need to ask Jesus to forgive you from? Why not ask Jesus for His forgiveness and cleansing today?
Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.