Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7 (NKJV)
“Come now, and 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 be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)
I can’t say I’m a big fan of winter. But I live in the mid-west, therefore it is a yearly battle I face. Cold and snow… and usually more snow. In fact, in my part of the world, we claim we experience all four seasons, winter, still winter, almost winter and construction.
There is however a beauty about snow that is displayed when there is a significant amount of the white stuff that falls quickly. The obvious display of how mud, dirt and other various imperfections can be erased by an accumulation of snow fall.
As the snow covers the world around us, it creates this unique beauty which the scriptures compare to how God deals with our sin. It is replaced by something beautiful. Of course, snow doesn’t really remove any of those imperfections and it eventually melts. But when God deals with the sin in our life (or more accurately when we submit to Him and allow Him to deal with our sin) He actually removes those sins.
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)
I love that verse and so should you.
While a winter snow fall always reminds me of Isaiah 1:18 and I so glad that Psalm 103:12 gives us a great follow up to the Isaiah passage. God does clean us up and remove that sin so that it is not held against us any longer, but He has so thoroughly dealt with our sin that it is removed completely from His sight, not to be held against us again. Awesome!
Maybe like me, you periodically look back on your life and wish you hadn’t made some choices that you did – committed sins that you now regret. You may even think that God holds those things against you. He isn’t. If you’ve come to Jesus, confessed your sin and understand that without Him, you aren’t good enough, God has removed your sin. Now you look like a field with a fresh layer of snow.
Take a moment and enjoy God’s grace in your life. Realize He has forgiven you and He loves you. Sin no longer is held against you!
I need to remember this when I’m shoveling snow. Blessings My Friend.