Considering the weather pattern of the last few weeks I suppose that snow is on every ones mind. While some may like the snow and others may not, no doubt everyone would agree that it is beautiful. But in spite of its natural beauty snow can be hazardous as well. Granted that the hazard element does exist, snow has some positive benefits to mankind.
Snow has an insulating affect as it benefits plant root systems and the ground from freezing. It cleanses the air as it is falling through the atmosphere. It can be protective to small animals in shielding them from predators. A slow melting of snow assures the replenishment of ground water for summer crop growth. Snow also tends to kill surface germs which aids in a cleansing or purifying of our environment. And as already mentioned above, it is just plain beautiful. It invokes children (of all ages!) to play in it which provides healthful exercise. Even our little dog loves to get out and romp around in the snow and lick it up.
In thinking of snow and I being a minister, my mind just naturally goes to the comparison of it to spiritual things. God questioned Job; “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? (Job 38:22). This verse of Scripture lets us know that snow does have some peculiar benefits. We have already pointed some of the natural benefits above, but I believe that God had more than just the natural benefits of snow in mind when He questioned Job of his knowledge of snow.
When we compare natural things to spiritual things we can glean lessons that help up understand the mysteries of God. Under inspiration of the Spirit David cried out to God in Psalm 51:7; “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
God proclaimed through the Prophet Isaiah; “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isa. 1:18). These verses of Scripture shows us the results of Gods cleansing affect on our hearts and souls when we repent and turn to Him. Our lives are tarnished with sin and the sin stains leave us filthy in Gods sight. When we repent of our sins He cleans us of our sin stains which leaves us perfectly pure as the new white driven snow.
Just as the natural snow kills germs and cleans the air and gives us a reservoir of future water supply, Gods spiritual cleansing rids us of the contamination affects of sin and makes up pure in Gods sight and furnishes us with a spiritual supply of living water to sustain our souls with spiritual life. (See John 7:38, 39.)
Thank God for the treasures in His natural and spiritual snow.
I trust that you will make these benefits yours now if you have not already done so. May we all come to experience the spiritual benefits of the treasures of the snow.