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Stop and take a moment to breathe. Short daily devotions can become moments to do just that! They can set the tone for our day or reframe a day that has gotten bogged down and busy.
There are objects all around us that can remind us God is near; He is with us. Snow is one of these into which He has woven a beautiful picture of the truth of forgiveness.
We probably would all agree that snow is beautiful (cold, but beautiful)! We look out and call it a Winter wonderland. Every snowflake is unique and beautiful…but did you know every snowflake begins with a piece of dust? (NOAA - Science Behind Snow)
How beautiful is a speck of dust?! It reminds me of how God can make anything beautiful…including me!
In Psalm 51:7, David prays – “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Ever wonder why David felt dirty? Have we ever felt dirty on the inside? Just like every snowflake has that piece of dirt on the inside, the Bible tells us that each and every one of us has dirt on the inside too; it’s called sin.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23
Sin, in simple terms, is disobeying God. Sin puts "I" in the middle of everything and above everything including God. Have you ever thought "I want what I want in spite of what God says"? That's exactly what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden, and it's what we tend to do too.
Sin separates us from God. We’ve all sinned; we were even born into it. Not a one of us has lived a perfect life like Jesus.
But like a snowflake, God can take that dirt (our sin), cover it and make something beautiful!
“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 as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Is this automatic? No…we have to choose and be willing to take a bath or shower to get clean, don’t we? It doesn’t just happen like an automatic human car wash!
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
This means we have to ask; we have to admit we are wrong and we need God to make us right and clean. When we do, He promises to forgive us and purify or cleanse us.
When the snow falls, it covers things; it covers the ground, the leaves on the trees, our roofs and our cars. Then everything looks white!
Well God doesn’t cover us with snow, but He covers our sin with the blood of Jesus when we turn to Him. Jesus died for each one of us so that our sins can be cleansed and forgiven, so that we can know God and be in His presence.
God can’t be with sin; He is totally clean. He is Holy and set apart. That’s why there can be no sin allowed into Heaven. That puts us and our sin in a pickle, BUT… Jesus came and made a way for us (the only way)…through Him.
"Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. " John 14:6
So when we go to God in prayer and ask Him to forgive us and for
Jesus to be King of our lives and cover our sin with His blood, His
sacrifice, His payment, God will!
Then we’ll be like the snow when He looks at us! We’ll be beautiful and clean and white in His sight because Jesus covers our sin. God will see Jesus in us!
Now that’s the ultimate of making something beautiful out of a speck of dust!
Every time you see snow now or even something frozen out of your freezer like ice (because here in the south we rarely have snow around), let it remind you of God's forgiveness available because of His love for you!
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