In our beloved Heartland this morning the snow is blowing with blizzard. How do you respond? At least this storm is only supposed to produce a light dusting. If 1 flake to sticks to the roads, you know just what will happen–everyone in this area is required to report to the local grocery store to stock up! After the grocery binge, we will meet the salt trucks on our way to pick up the kids because the schools dismissed early.
How do you view the snow? Beautiful or troublesome? Sure, the snow can lead to shoveling the drive and digging out the cars. But, I still confess to having a kid-like excitement at the wonder of a robust snowfall. Beyond the grocery, lost sidewalks, and closed schools, I hope you still see the glory in it all. We were built to respond to the beauty of a heavenly downpour.
So, just how does the snowfall lead to worship?
See the Snowfall and Worship the Sender
God both creates and sends the snow. The last prediction of snow for our area was a mere “dusting” which amounted a full 5 inches! While this accumulation surprised the forecasters, it did not catch God off-guard.
God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend. “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ “He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work. Job 37:5-7
Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle? Job 38:22-23
He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. 16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. 17 He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold? Psalm 147:15-17
See the Snowfall and Worship the Provider
God promises that He accomplishes His own will in the snowfall. Then, He uses this picture to remind us of the glory, power, and beauty of His Word.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
See the Snowfall and Worship the Forgiver
God uses the purity of new-fallen snow to paint of picture of the cleansing of forgiveness.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7
Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
So, see the snow. Pause for a moment and watch it blowing through the trees or dancing on the driveway. Be reminded of God and His majesty. See the snow. See the snow with new eyes. See the snow and allow your child-like wonder to lead to worship.
Daryl Pepper, Associate Pastor