Winter’s Origin, Purpose, and Duration: God created winter (Gen 8:22; Ps 74:17) so that we would marvel at His infinite power and might (Job 37:5–6; 38:22–23; cf. 40:1–6) and give Him praise (Ps 148:7–8). Winter will continue at least until the end of the earthly reign of Christ (Zech 14:8–9). Besides these facts, the Bible uses the white and chill of winter to teach us a number of truths as well.
Be Faithful. Dependable people and cold air from snow on a hot day have something in common—they are welcome blessings to those who receive them. As dependable people bless their superiors by faithfully completing their assigned tasks, so also does a wintry wind refresh a tired worker (Prov 25:13).
Give Honor to Whom It Is Due. Honoring fools and experiencing snow in the summer have something in common—they are both activities that should not be happening. In other words, just as we would not expect snow in the summer, so also should honor not be given to the fool who has done nothing to deserve as such (Prov 26:1).
God’s Abundant Words Give Us Joy and Peace. God’s words to His people are plenteous as the snow, frost, and ice—like Israel in this Psalm, so also we will never exhaust what He has to say to us (Ps 147:16–19). Furthermore, just as God intended rain and snow fall from heaven for the purpose of causing vegetation to grow, so also does God give His word to believers intending us to have joy and peace (Isa 55:10–12).
As God Is Pure, So Also Are Believers. Daniel had a vision of God the Father, “the Ancient of Days,” pictured with snow-white clothing, most likely referring to God’s absolute moral purity (Dan 7:9). The apostle John likewise saw Jesus Christ with snow-white hair, perhaps indicating His moral purity as well (Rev 1:14). The angel who rolled away the stone in from of our Lord’s tomb also had clothing that was white like snow (Matt 28:3). Just as the Father, Christ, and holy angels are sinless, so also does God see believers as sinless and morally pure, that is, white like snow (Ps 51:7; Isa 1:18; Lam 4:7).
Pastor David Huffstutler
Pastor Huffstutler regularly writes articles for our Sunday bulletin. See his bio on our pastoral bio page.