White as Snow

Read:  Isaiah 1

On a day that snow is falling in Central Illinois I am reminded of the times in God’s Word that the phrase “White as Snow” is used.  The description is used to describe different things in scripture but the most well known use is from Isaiah 1:18 when it says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..”

During this season of Lent we are encouraged to think about our sins, to have repentant hearts, and to change our focus back to the things that God wants us to focus on.  This is why people often give things up for the 40 days of Lent that lead us up to Good Friday and Easter.  It helps us to think about sacrifice and the things that really are important in our lives.

Lent can be a valuable time for spiritual growth, but if we are not careful it can also be another period of time that just passes by and finds us going back to what we did before.  The things we gave up we quickly start back up, the things we took on we quickly forget, and the things we were sorry for can quickly fade from our minds.  Perhaps Lent would be even more meaningful for us if we really gave something up and never took it back.  Or started something new and it then became a new part of our daily walk with the Lord.

Isaiah 1:18 is a wonderful reminder that Christ came to wash our sins “white as snow.”  He delivers us and keeps us from going through life with the permanent scarlet stains of sin.  When we turn to Jesus and repent of those sins they are not permanent, they are gone, they are washed as white as the snow I am watching fall outside my window.

Not everyone likes the snow, but when we compare it to the grace and forgiveness of Jesus what is there not to like.  If you have been living with guilt, shame, and the heavy weight of sin in your life, I hope that you will cast all of that at the feet of Jesus.  He wants to take it, redeem you, and make your life as white and unblemished as the fresh fallen snow.

Make it personal:  If you have a snow day today take some time to read Isaiah 1.  Then move on to the New Testament and read more about the grace of Jesus.  The book of Romans is a great place to start.  Romans 7:25 says, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Have a blessed week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church