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As White As Snow

Devotional#14: 28 March 2017
“Only God Can Make You Clean!”

Whiter than Snow: a Family Devotional!
In the Bible's book of Romans, Paul quotes Psalm 19 to inform us that Faith comes through Hearing the Word of God. He goes on to imply that we can Hear about God by observing His Creation...

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for "Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world."

- Romans 10:17-18

Creation Reveals The Creator

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit ( 2 Peter 1:21 )  shared a verse from Psalm 19 in order to help demonstrate to his audience that Creation reveals knowledge of Christ throughout the Earth.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,”

- Psalms 19:1-4
One of the major goals of The Humble Ant is to look at some of His vibrant masterpieces.  In so doing, we attempt to discern and share some of the divine truths that His Works make evident. We want to help equip families to intentionally pay attention to the things that Creation's voice is sharing so that they can appreciate the Creator more fully.

“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

- Hebrews 2:1  

As White as Snow

During a recent snowstorm, we took an opportunity to consider the brightness of the fresh-fallen snow. It was especially brilliant in the afternoon sunshine.

We reflected on this passage from the book of Isaiah:

“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  

The perfect newness of the ultra-white snow on our lawn was breath-taking, especially when we took the time to notice it.  Upon considering the stark contrast between the snow and the deep-read of freshly-spilled blood, the alabaster scene looked that much more peaceful and new. After word-searching the Scripture for some additional references to snow, we discovered some interesting corollaries.

One of the most interesting was in the book of Job when he pointed out the futility of an attempt to use snow to cleanse oneself from the penalty of sin:

“If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye, yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.”

- Job 9:30-31

Credit to Hope for her hand-drawn illustration "Whiter than Snow"

And I Shall Be Clean

Psalm 51 gives us a better perspective of the actual solvent for our inborn sin:

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!... Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me... Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow... Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

- Psalm 51:2, 5, 7, 10-12

The Psalmist points out that it is God who makes us white like snow, and not the "apply, scrub, rinse, repeat" action that we often try when attempting to bleach away our own iniquities. Only God, who is Himself already as white as snow ( Daniel 7:9 )  can, by His Grace alone, render us renewed into a snow white condition like His.

As Paul said in Romans 11 : Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!

Next time your family observes a little snow, why don't you ask if anyone wants to see how long it will take for them to rub themselves with snow before they turn pure white? Point out to them that only God, by Grace, through Faith, can remove their sins making them as white as snow!

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