Imagine waking up to a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground, carpeting it in a layer of white. Everywhere you look, everything appears clean and bright. No matter how dreary and dismal your surroundings usually look, the powdery mantle lends an air of freshness to all it touches.
Just as the snow covers everything upon which it falls with its dazzling beauty, our Heavenly Father has clothed us in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). It is through the lens of this righteousness that He views us. When you look at the snow, you don’t see the ground it covers, but rather its fresh brilliance. In the same way, when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our wrongdoings and failures. He sees us as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), clothed with His righteousness, which we received through faith in Him (Romans 3:22).
Next time you see a new blanket of snow covering the ground, think of the robe of righteousness with which your Heavenly Father has arrayed you. Remember how He sees you – perfected once and for all in Christ (Hebrews 10:14). Know that you have been made right with God through faith in His Son, and what He has done for you!
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Each winter, millions of snowflakes fall, carpeting everything with a blanket of white. Each snowflake is unique, differing from those around it. In the same, way each of us are one-of-a-kind, unique individuals, created and loved by our Heavenly Father. Each of us are special to Him. He cares for us individually. His affection for us is so great that it prompted Him to send His Son to redeem us, paying the price for our sins. He desires for each of us to engage in relationship with Him, growing daily in our understanding of His goodness and love.
Here are some verses that speak of how we are special to God – cared for and loved by Him:
- He knows all of our ways (Psalm 139:3).
- He numbers the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7).
- He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
- While we were still sinners, He sent His Son to give His life for us (Romans 5:8).
- We are His chosen people, dearly loved by Him (Colossians 3:12).
Next time you see the snow fall, remember that just as each snowflake is one-of-a-kind, so are you unique, individually loved, and special to your Heavenly Father!
What a difference sunlight makes in the appearance of a blanket of snow! When light touches it, it the millions of tiny flakes sparkle as if they were glitter, turning frozen scenery into a winter wonderland. On an overcast day, however, apart from the rays of the sun that made it shine, the snow takes on a more somber and lackluster air, losing its brilliant sparkle.
Christ is the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). His light shines on us and through us, making us shine like the sparkling snow on a sunny day. We reflect His brilliance and majesty to a world that is desperately in need of Him. Just like the snow gets its glisten from the rays of the sun, so does our light come from Christ. He is the source of our shine. Through us, others get a glimpse of who He is.
Just as the snow does not sparkle on its own, our light does not come from us. In and of ourselves, we are like the snow on an overcast day – lacking in glisten and brilliance. No matter what we do or how good we try to be, we can never produce on our own the same shine as when the Light of the World (John 8:12) shines through us.
Does the snow struggle to glisten? Does it strive to sparkle? No – it is the light hitting it that gives it its brilliance. In the same way, it is not by our own striving and struggling that we shine. By simply being in the presence of Son of God, we reflect a brilliance that we can never achieve on our own. The closer we draw to Him, the brighter we shine. Let’s spend time in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, and shine forth His glory!