Read: Isaiah 1:10-20
Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. (v. 18)
There is something simultaneously frustrating and liberating about the way that a good snowstorm can make the world stand still. Schools close, meetings are cancelled, and cities shut down. Everything looks so clean: where just a few days earlier there might have been streaks of slushy mud, now there is a smooth slate of snow.
Under a thick blanket of snow, everything is so quiet. It’s amazing how much sound snow can absorb. The world is quieter when every gust of wind and creak of branch and footstep is muffled in waves of frozen foam. Just as the snow covers the dirty, muddy ground like a fine royal robe, so it reminds us how Jesus’ blood covers us in spotless garments, making us whiter than any other white. And just as the snow muffles the sounds of the air and gives the ground a chance to rest, so Jesus is waiting to offer us a chance to rest, to be quiet, and to know his peace (for example, see Matt. 11:28-30).
You can try to argue with a snowstorm and the way that it changes your plans, but arguing with a force of nature is futile. So too the Lord dares us to try to “reason” or “dispute” with the snowstorm of his grace. It covers our sins, alters our plans, and changes the way we live. —Steven Rodriguez
Prayer: Lord, you are right: I am forgiven.