One of the few advantages to living in the Midwest is what happens every November or December: the first snow. Beyond the beautiful appearance is another aspect of the first snow that must be experienced, not merely seen in a photograph. It’s the deafening silence. For some reason, the first snow seems to blanket everything, not only the ugly sights of the browning lawns, but also the sounds. It’s as if you enter into nature’s soundbooth. All is quiet; all is well.
Isaiah the prophet spoke about the snow. He says, …
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 color of the snow teaches us of the purity of God’s work in our forgiveness. It makes us clean. It makes us pure.
But, I can’t help to think that the silence of the first snow also teaches us of the silence of God as well. When forgiveness comes, He no longer accuses of sin (1 John 2:1). He no longer condemns (Romans 8:1). The law no longer has a hold on us (1 Corinthians 15:56-57). All is quiet; all is well.
Now, there are some conditions to knowing His forgiveness, namely, repentance. Isaiah continues, …
If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be eaten by the sword;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken (Isaiah 1:19-20).