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LESSONS FROM THE SNOW (3 of 7)
Lessons from "Father" Nature
Ken D. Trivette
I. THE DIVERSITY THAT IS CONTAINED IN THE SNOW!
A. The Form of Single Snowflakes
B. The Force of Several Snowflakes
II. THE ADVERSITY THAT IS CAUSED BY THE SNOW!
A. The Burden Snow Can Bring
B. The Benefit Snow Can Bring
III. THE PURITY THAT IS CONVEYED BY THE SNOW!
A. The Cleansing That Is Symbolized
B. The Condition That Is Symbolized
1. When I hear people sing at Christmas time, "Let it
snow, let it snow, let it snow." and "I'm dreaming of
a white Christmas," I know that they did not grow up
in a place where there was a lot of snow. If I could
have my way it would never snow again. I grew up in
the mountains of North Carolina where I saw my share
of snow. I have shoveled enough snow to still give me
nightmares. I have been stuck more times than I want
to admit. I have seen all the blizzards I want to see,
experienced all the power failures I want to
experience, and shivered in all the sub-zero weather I
want to be in. You are not going to hear me singing,
"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow." If you hear
me sing it will be something spiritual such as, "Let
it shine, let it shine, let it shine." I agree with
Carl Reiner who said, "A lot of people like snow. I
find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
2. I was looking at an advertisement this week for the
Oriental Trading Company. I was amazed at all the snow
paraphernalia they have. You can order snowflake
erasers, personalized snowflake pencils, snowflake yo-
yos, snowflake pinwheels, snowflake friendship
bracelets, snowflake clackers, snowflake puzzles,
snowflake shoelaces and even snowflake punch balls. I
personally would rather have a Hawaiian yo-yo myself.
3. Yet, in spite of my dislike for snow, as I read the
Bible I find that one of the things that God wants me
to consider and draw spiritual lessons from is the
snow. The word "snow" appears 24 times in Bible,
sometimes as a noun, sometimes as a verb. In our text
we find God asking Job, "Hast thou entered into the
treasures of the snow." God described the snow as
possessing treasures and was asking Job if he had ever
taken the time to contemplate and consider what those
4. The word "treasures" speaks of a depository. There
was something God wanted Job to see during a difficult
time in his life. There were spiritual lessons to be
gleaned from the snow. God was inviting Job to
consider the snow for he would find in the snow a
treasure house of spiritual truth.
5. For the past few weeks we have been looking at
certain objects and subjects of nature as pointed out
in the Bible for the purpose of teaching certain
spiritual truths. We have considered the eagle and the
Palm tree. Today, let's look at the snow and seek to
draw some spiritual lessons that we can apply to our
life as believers. We often don't think ...
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