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The Treasures That Snow Brings

December 28, 2010
Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
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*All photographs taken by Pastor Michael
   

 I don’t know if people who live where it snows often considers snow a treasure, but a lot would not consider snow as a treasure, yet the Bible says that there are treasures in the snow. Considering the circumstances, It seems fitting to email everyone this Sunday message. Personally, I like snow; SOMETIMES. Perhaps, it is because I’m still a kid at heart. Red heart

There are lessons that God would have us to learn from the snow. There are treasures in the snow that God would have us to see.

  

1. Snow is a treasure because of its provider.

  

Psalms 148:8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

The word “treasure” can also be translated as “storehouse”.
It carries with it the idea of God storing up snow, and dispenses it at his choosing.

Scientists tell us that snowflakes are actually born in clouds containing moisture. The conditions must be just right for this to take place. The temperature must be well below the freezing point of water. Tiny snow crystals are formed, and as they get heavier they begin to fall, and as they fall they get larger because they pick up more moisture in the atmosphere.

Who controls the conditions in the atmosphere?

Who created the clouds that act as the storehouse?

Who dispenses the snow at his choosing?

 

GOD – GOD AND GOD

 

If God is in control of the snow, and if God can dispense the snow upon the earth, cannot he dispense all the things in life that we need?

Jam 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

  

2. Snow is a treasure because of its peculiarity.

 
 
Did you know that there are many different shapes of snowflakes?
 
There are 10 general categories that snowflakes fall into. Under a microscope you could see some that are like needles – some like stars – some like trees – some look like fish bones – some look like bullets, yet here is the amazing thing about them. No two snowflakes are exactly the same.
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Snowflakes have their own shape and their own identity. They each are unique.

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People are like the snow in this respect. Of the billions of people upon the earth now and those who walked here previously, and those who will be born into the world, there have never been two people just a like. We have similarities, but we each have distinct characteristics that separate us from everyone else. Our fingerprints are unique; our footprints are unique. The patterns of even our eyeballs are unique from anyone else’s.What does this say about God and us?

A. Like snow we have a designer, GOD.
We are a thing of value. We are special. We have a creator that knew us before we were formed in the womb, and who knit us together distinctly from all others before us!

B. Like snow we have a distinction.
We are not only distinct in the way that we look, but God has a distinct purpose for each one of our lives.

C. Like snow we have a destiny.
Snow has more of a purpose than just to grace our landscape with beauty.
We can see God’s purpose even in the smallest of things. Surely God has a purpose for our lives!

  

3. Snow is a treasure because of its purity.

 

Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Snow has a powerful cleansing effect on the atmosphere. Sometimes called “wash-out or snow-out”
Snow is actually formed around some matter already existing in the atmosphere, such as a piece of dirt.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

a. We have been corrupted by sin.

b. We cannot conceal the stain.

c. We can be cleaner than snow.

  

4. Snow is a treasure because of its productivity.

 

Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

Scientists tell us that snow picks up nitrogen in the air when it is formed, and then dispenses it upon the earth as it melts, thus aiding the productivity of the ground.
Snow makes an impact – It has influence – God wants our lives to be productive not destructive!

A. Productivity begins with the Father.
Snow originates from God. It is dispersed or released by him. In order for our lives to really have purpose, to be productive, it begins with a relationship with our Heavenly Father.

B. Productivity continues when we Fall. (Upon our knees)
As the snow falls, it becomes larger, and picks up ingredients in the atmosphere which are useful on the earth. We become more productive in our lives when we fall on our knees!

C. Productivity climbs with Faithfulness.

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

  

5. Snow is a treasure because of its POWER.

 

We usually look at snow for its beauty, sometimes – for its recreational purposes such as skiing, snowboarding etc., but seldom do we think of snow as being precious as in a precious commodity.

In the Western U.S. nearly 75 % of water for irrigation comes from snow.

It is snow that powers the great rivers of the west, the Rio Grande, Colorado, Missouri, and the Columbia.

How much water is produced by snowfall in a year?

It is estimated that melted snow produces 26 trillion gallons a water alone each year in the Columbia River. That’s enough water to cover the state of Kansas in knee deep water or to raise the level of Lake Michigan by six foot

God can use something as small as a snowflake as a source of power. Snow helps to control the depth, and the current of the great rivers out west. God has the power to change us, and then to use us as instruments.

A. Instruments to affect change.

B. Instruments to affect current.

C. Instruments to affect choices.

  

6. Snow is a treasure because of its passage.

Snow is precious especially to us here in Virginia. It is only here for a short time most of the time then it melts away.

James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

a. Like snow we do not remain.

b. Like snow we do return.

c. Like snow we do not retain.

We shall be changed, doth not yet appear.
 

  

The Treasures That Snow Brings

1. Snow is a treasure because of its provider.

2. Snow is a treasure because of its peculiarity.

3. Snow is a treasure because of its purity.

4. Snow is a treasure because of its productivity.

5. Snow is a treasure because of its POWER.
6. Snow is a treasure because of its passage.
  
If you live in an area wher it snows, allow the snow to help you see the Father. For in doing so, it shows and reveals to you how you are of much greater value than the sight of the snow itself.

 

Let God to wash you, and clean you to the point that you are whiter than snow!
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 Psalms  118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 
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