“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,” Job 38:22
Winter seems to have come early this year, we have had snow almost every day this week. The scene from my window is beautiful. The cedar trees are covered with snow, and the wide expanse of lawn is only broken by the tracks of squirrels.
When God was answering Job, He asked him if he had ever considered the treasures of the snow. Snow is an important part of Earth’s climate system. It provides a covering for the plants that now lie dormant until it is time to break forth with new life in the spring. It helps regulate the temperature of the Earth’s surface, and it also will provide needed moisture when it melts in the spring.
There are no two snow flakes alike. A bit of dust forms in the air and when it becomes heavy enough it falls to the ground. The flakes blend together and form a blanket on the earth. In time the snow becomes contaminated and loses its whiteness and purity. As it melts, the dust remains on the earth and the moisture evaporates back into the atmosphere.
The word “snow” is used many times in the Scripture, as a symbol of whiteness and purity; for example, the raiment of the Lord at His Transfiguration, the garment of the judge in Daniel, and the raiment of the angel at Christ’s resurrection.
When Jesus cleanses us by His blood, we are made white as snow, and together we form the body or church of Jesus Christ. We are all different, but each of has our part in His plan. We must strive to not become contaminated by the world around us, but be a blessing to others, sharing His love and His plan of salvation. One day He will return to take us home to be with Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, wash me anew with your precious blood, that I may be whiter than snow. Make me a blessing to others and help me to be ready for your returning.
Devotion by: Anne Johnston