© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
A year without winter would be incomplete. A snowman, a day of sledding, and a few batches of snow cream are pleasures I would miss terribly without winter. But this kind of winter belongs in the northern Rockies, not the Ozarks. Who asked for subzero temperatures and arctic winds? Some of this snow has been here for almost two weeks. When will the snowplow drivers ever get a break? Will kids and teachers remember their classrooms? I’m not sure I like winter as much as I once did.
But I still like snow. Why? It makes me remember one of God’s great promises: “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 like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
Has someone ever made you “see red”? Then you can begin to understand the wrath of God against our sin. We fill the record of our lives with one red mark after another. We do what we should not. We don’t do what we should. We sin, and God hates sin (Psalm 5:4-6). It makes Him see scarlet!
But God’s Son graciously took the punishment that we deserve. “The LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Because of Him our scarlet record can become as white as snow.
Receiving the “white-as-snow” promise required ancient Israelites to turn from refusal and rebellion to willingness and obedience (Isaiah 1:19). That’s what it takes from you and me, too (Acts 2:38, 22:16; Romans 6:1-4). It’s worth it. A hard winter is nothing compared to an eternal hell.
Do you need a good reason to still like snow? Come now, let us reason together.