Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 25, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . Snow Can Be A Curse Or A Blessing (Wayne M)
Bible Study Verse
Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (NIV)

Snow can be a curse or a blessing.  Where winter is dominant and difficult, it controls many things, including travel, events, and personal agendas.
Snow is, also, a blessing.  The first snow always provides the pheasant hunter some new opportunities for success.  Tracking in snow is desirable during the deer camps and other hunts.

Snow provides much needed moisture every year.  It replenishes the soil, builds up subsoil moisture, and allows the germination of winter wheat and other crops.

The freshness, cleanness and beauty of the newly fallen snow is magnificent!!! The whiteness of snow is also a metaphor reminding us of our being forgiven, being justified, and being right with God.
(Jack M)

Action Point
Guilt is an oppressive weight.  Some never seem to overcome guilt over their past actions, feelings, motivations, and choices.

God invites us to newness, to cleanness.  He invites us to a life without guilt.  He invites us to eternal life with Him.
How can that be?  He is willing and just to forgive our sins.  When He forgives us, He justifies us.  He declares us right with Him.  He does this based upon the work of His Son Jesus.  Jesus came to the Earth to become that means of forgiveness. "God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God,"  II Corinthians 5:21 (NIV).
Let the snow remind you of who you are in Christ, or what you can be if you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Plan for snow.  Have an emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded.  Check the weather forecast to make sure it is safe.  If you have to walk far in deeper snow, consider the purchase of snow shoes.  If you have to travel far, perhaps cross country skies are better.