Summary: Here's a sermon to preach after a snowfall in your area.
Treasure Of The Snow
22 "Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
How many of you remember The Great Blizzard of 1978?
It is one of the most severe blizzards in U.S. history.
Tomorrow marks the 42 anniversary of that terrible storm.
On Tuesday, January 24, 1978, a moisture-laden Gulf Low
developed over the southern United States,
while a separate low-pressure system
was present over the Upper Midwest.
The storm initially began as rain on the 24th,
but quickly changed to heavy snow during the night
as Arctic air deepened ahead of the storm.
Particularly hard hit were Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Michigan, Ohio, and southeastern Wisconsin.
Winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour
caused huge snow drifts reaching 15 to 25 feet.
Wind chill values reached -60 °F .
The powerful winds and snow caused major complications.
Trees and many miles of electric lines were blown down.
As a result, homes were left without power and heat.
The huge drifts brought nearly all means of transportation
to a complete standstill for 24 hours or more.
Cars were easily buried and many individuals
were left stranded in their vehicles.
Numerous closures of interstates and highways resulted.
These prolonged highway closures
resulted in food shortages in many areas.
Fortunately, the early morning arrival of this severe blizzard
prompted officials to close nearly all schools on the 26th
The death toll from this epic winter storm
rose to over 70 across the region.
I remember that blizzard of 1978 very well.
My wife Pat was a nurse at the Olney hospital.
The deep snowdrifts made it impossible for her to get home.
She had to stay in Olney for 3 days.
There was a huge snowdrift over Highway 130 north of here.
It took bulldozers to get the highway opened to traffic.
Even then, Pat’s brother Jim
had to go get her in his 4-wheel drive pickup.
The Bible passage for today is Job 38:22
"Have you entered the treasury of snow…
That seems like an odd verse.
What could God mean by His encouragement to
“enter the treasury of the snow”?
I didn’t enjoy the Blizzard of 1978,
but I enjoyed rabbit and quail hunting when it snowed
and I love the scenery after a snowfall.
Here’s what I think God was saying to us!
Some of God’s richest “Treasures” are found in the snow!
POINT #1. THE SNOW OFFERS THE TREASURE OF PURITY.
When snowflakes fall, they act as a “filters” of the air.
They remove germs and impurities from the air.
Did you know there are more “sick” people in the South
during the winter than in the North in the winter?
Snowflakes actually attach themselves to things in the air!
Snow also leaves a blanket of pure white over everything.
It turns even the most desolate landscapes
into a thing of beauty.
Job understood that Purity was one of the purposes
that God was trying to accomplish in his life.
He says in Job 23:10: But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
God is still in the business of Purifying His People.
Psalm 51:7 says Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Isaiah 1:18: "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
POINT #2. THE SNOW OFFERS THE TREASURE OF POWER.
The Word “treasure” in Job 38:22
is translated from the Hebrew word o-tsaw'.
It literally means an armory.
Although snow flakes are very small,
when enough of them band together
they have the power to shut down an entire City,
or even a whole State!
We saw that happen in the Blizzard of 1978.
God also sends “storms” in our lives
to slow us down or stop us long enough
to acknowledge Him.
Psalm 46:10 says Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
That Blizzard in 1978 forced us to do just that!
Unable to go anywhere and do our normal routines
we were forced to make changes.
No electricity meant no TV, no video games, and no lights.
We had more time to read the Bible and pray!
POINT # 3.THE SNOW OFFERS THE TREASURE OF “PECULIARITY”.
Listen to 1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.