by Moody Adams "Hast thou entered into the treasure of snow?" (Job 38:22).
I. God's Power When we come to the question of His Word and the tremendous power of the snow, Job 37:5, 6 declares it all: "God thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth." “We usually look at snow for its beauty.....for it’s recreational purposes.....skiing, snowboarding etc......but seldom do we think of snow as being precious as in a precious commodity......about 20 % of the world’s land mass is covered permanently by snow. In the N. Hem...it is about 40 %. Fresh snow falls on 1 out of every 4 square miles of dry land each year. 1/3 of the world’s water used for irrigation comes from snow. In the Western U.S. nearly 75 % of water for irrigation comes from snow. Snowfall flows on to the scene is the most useful times of the year. Stored in higher elevations until late spring and early summer.....then it melts in time to help in the irrigation of crops. It is snow that powers the great rivers of the west....the Rio Grande, the Colorado, the Missouri, 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 feet.” (Dr. Carl McIntire).
II. Snow’s providence In “The Battles of Trenton and Princeton by William S. Stryker, he gives the details of the battle of Trenton, where by God's help George Washington won. That was the day when the severe snowstorm put the British-employed German Hessians in their comforts with their beer bottles.
“They were not worried on that Christmas night as the storm conditioned the enemy and Washington's little band came down along the Delaware riverside, bleeding, and frozen, into the city of Trenton to fight, and the snow gave the victory. “Then the Hessians regrouped their forces and moved into Bordentown where they thought they had Washington's little band of troops out-numbered and they thought surely on that morning they had Washington captive.
“God sent a frightful freeze that night and instead of the mud, God gave Washington hard ground and he was able with his men to slip around the Hessians. He went on to win the Battle of Princeton. God had sent snow and ice so Washington's men could get out from the place where they were just about encircled in Borden-town. Snow and war were in God's care.” (The Battles of Trenton and Princeton by William S. Stryker).
The mighty army of Napoleon marched into Russia but they were stopped by thick, heavy snow. The snow defeated the army of Napoleon in the providence of God.
III. Snow’s Purity The first chapter of the Book of Isaiah provides another beautiful reference to God's snow. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow (vv. 18). David said, I am a murderer. I have innocent blood on my hands. I am an adulterer. I am a liar. "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest. . . .Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me. and I shall be whiter than snow" (vv. 4, 7).
Is It not glorious? We have been washed whiter than the snow. We are all by faith whiter than all this beautiful snow! Wash me in the blood of the Lamb, And I shall be whiter than snow.
Chorus: Whiter than the snow, Whiter than the snow; Wash me in the blood of the Lamb, And I shall be whiter than snow.”