Whiter than snow?

February 27, 2012 in Minister's Message

Whiter than the snow?

The other day we had some snow. I was not prepared to see what I saw. I saw nothing. That is right. I saw nothing for the snow had blinded me. Now I know why people who go skiing wear sunglasses. If not, they will be snow blinded. Is there anything that is whiter than snow? Google says that a certain James L. Nicholson thought of these words in 1872, talking about something that was original. Whiter than snow; now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. The real source of these words is found earlier in history. It comes from an invitation, “Come, let us reason together; though your sins are like scarlet, says the Lord, they shall be as white as snow.”

OK, not whiter, but still white. This is a quote from the book of the prophet Isaiah. Sins are like the slush, the muck that covers the salty streets. Like the snow covered street, life used to be so white, so pure, so good. But that is no longer the case. Like the impassable streets life becomes impossible. The mess is world wide and the cause of it is man made. Mankind disobeyed his Creator Who had made everything so beautiful and pure. What are we going to do with all the bad news, with the mess that surrounds us and is in us? Alright, let us go to the cause of it, mankind, you and me. Even some communist party leaders “suggest that religious faith may bring some ethical benefits in the widely lamented moral vacuum of rampant materialism.” (Economist, Feb. 11, 2012). I know that is a hard pill to swallow but since we separated ourselves from the source of life, from God Himself, we do well to listen to God’s invitation, “Come, let us reason together; though your sins are like scarlet, says the Lord, they shall be as white as snow.”

God is willing to forgive us from the evil when we turn from our ways and turn to Him believing that He indeed will not only forgive us but also renew our lives, washing us as white as snow.

You see, the snow will disappear into slush and when it is gone it leaves dirt and other junk behind. However, if God creates a new heart in us we can/will walk in the ways of the Lord and not leave a trail of dirt behind us. Reason with God, be filled with the love of the Lord Jesus, and let us begin to make the world fit for King Jesus.

Rev. deJong is a retired CRC minister. He resides in the Aylmer area and attends church at Aylmer Christian Reformed Church.