The Treasures of the Snow

W. Terry Varner
January 12, 2014

We are finally having a winter in which we are having snow and cold temperatures. Some like snow; others detest snow. Hopefully, none murmur and complain as we are to “Do all things without murmuring or complaining” (Philip. 2:14). Biblically, there are 25 references to snow, 22 found in the Old Testament and 3 in the New Testament. Snow is used both literally and figuratively in the Bible.

The book of Job contains 317 questions, one of which God asked Job, “Have you considered the treasures of the snow” (Job 38:22). God mentions the “treasures” found in snow. In 1946, Dr. F. T. Shutt, of the Canadian Department of Agriculture, published his 17 year study of the value of snow and hail. Snow and hail washes free ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, and albuminoid ammonias out of the air fertilizing the soil. Snow is one of God’s providential ways in which He replenishes the nutrients of the earth.

Snow proclaims the power of many. Snowflakes are small and varied so that no two snowflakes are alike. However, when they accumulate in sufficient number, they have great power. Snow stopped Hitler’s armies against Moscow. Snow closes airports so that planes cannot fly.

If each member was like a snowflake and we worked together, what great things would be accomplished by the Lord. Congregations are great when Christians work out Christianity in their lives (Philip. 2:12) and “offer themselves [ourselves] to the Lord” (2 Chron. 17:16) and “consecrating our services to the Lord” (1 Chron. 29:5; Rom. 12:1-2). When we work together evil is conquered, selfishness fails, and victories are achieved for God.

Snow proclaims the excellency of things essential. When it snows, we emphasize warmth and build fires in fireplaces and turn up the furnace. We dress warmly, as it is essential. Man tends to forget the essentials of life. We are busy, often too busy, and we fail to do the things that matter most. Many major in minors and minor in majors. Our age owns more than any preceding generation, yet we are discouraged. Why? Because we fail to under the essentials. “Beware, and be on guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15, NASV).

When the woman of Sychar left Jesus at the well, rushed back to her hometown, she shared the message of Jesus with others, but she left her water pot. It was not that she would have no further use for it, out she was absorbed in Jesus who was far more important than her water pot (John 4:1-30, especially v. 28). Inherent in being a Christian is prioritizing. We are not to be too busy chasing “short-lived butterflies” of pleasure. If Gethsemane is not a figment of our mind, it isn’t; if Calvary is not make believe, it isn’t, and if the resurrection of Jesus is not a delusion, it isn’t, then as children of God we need to emphasize those things which are most essential daily—service, faithfulness, dedication, commitment.

Snow proclaims the grace of God. Snow falls without it being asked for. It falls abundantly. Snow eloquently proclaims the grace of God. Paul speaks of “the gift of grace, which by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded to many” (Rom. 5:15). Grace is God’s unmerited favor to the undeserving who by all rights should suffer eternal punishment. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).

The pure white snow covers the Earth with immaculate beauty and abundance that parallels “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). Snow echoes in our hearts the words of David, “wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:7). The blessings of conditional grace reminds us of God speaking to Israel, “Come now, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isa. 1:18). Never forget that snow works its transformation from the inside renewing the heart of man so that our outward actions correspond to our inner renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:1-2). God’s grace is tremendous. Enjoy the snow and learn the many valuable lessons from it.