“‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the LORD, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool’“ (Isaiah 1:18).
Can you imagine something whiter than snow? I can’t think of anything more impressively clean and bright than a fresh falling of snow covering everything in sight on a crisp winter morning. The deeper the snow the more it covers and the cleaner it looks. Then, before you know it, the road clearing equipment appears and you see dark streaks, black ice, and footprints dotting the once perfect landscape.
The Lord offers to cleanse us as white as that snow. He promises to blot out our sins and remember them no more. From scarlet to white is a radical journey; God can make that happen in the blink of an eye. But, just as quickly, we tend to ruin that first snow with dark streaks of sin. The beautiful thing about being God’s child is that he gracefully sends another snowstorm to blot out those mistakes as well. Christ’s blood covers a multitude of sins if he knows that our hearts are committed to him. Like David, we must pray for cleansing when we mar the pure white snowfall of God’s grace.
“Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)