The first few chapters of the Bible are so exciting because they move at such a fast pace, and cover a lengthy period of time. I wish there were volumes written about each of these characters and the events that unfolded during their lifetime, but God in His wisdom gave us the snippets that we have before us.
The Ark is one of those stories you learn as a child and almost take for granted because you hear it so often. When you get older, certain questions become relevant and seem to demand an answer: how did all those animals fit, what about food, were dinosaurs on the Ark too, where did that massive ship go, and so much more! The pages of this devotion couldn’t adequately even answer one of these questions, and far wiser men than me have studied extensively on the topic. Suffice it to say, God got the job done! There is not one piece of the story that doesn’t make sense or isn’t rational. Instead it is a beautiful story of God’s ability to save, provide, and keep.
Noah’s actions upon exiting the Ark have always amazed me. Placing one stone upon another, he built an altar to God, and then sacrificed one of each of the “clean” animals. We are not told how many animals this was, but we get the idea it was a bunch. As a sweet savor, these sacrifices rose up to God, who saw Noah’s faith and devotion.
For the last year, Noah and his family has been aboard this floating warehouse. His first actions are sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. There is indeed a lesson to be learned in these verses. Too often our first response is complaint or questioning, instead of faith and thanksgiving.
You have likely been placed in an “uncomfortable” situation before. As a soon to be father of two, Evie and I anticipated our son Andrew’s birth. Unfortunately, we got bad news, he was likely to be born with Trisomy 18, Edward’s Syndrome. With this, he would probably only live a few days after birth. We potentially had a tough road ahead of us and went from joy to concern.
A noninvasive test could be done to determine if Andrew did indeed have Trisomy 18 or just the tell-tell signs of it. Within 2 weeks, the results were in and by God’s grace Andrew was without the condition. At that moment, Evie and I cleared off a spot and “built an altar” to offer thanksgiving to God. I can honestly say that had the other been true, we would have done the same. God had given us such peace and trust in Him.
What situation are you facing? What has God brought you through recently? Did you take time to offer up “sweet smelling savor” to God? Why not take a moment now, and acknowledge the continued goodness of God in your life which has brought you through time and time again? If this is indeed the case, why not trust Him and thank Him for what you are currently going through, or what may be ahead for you. (A great reminder - every time you pick up a piece of money (paper or coin) do you live by the motto inscripted "in God we trust"?)
Daily Scripture Reading
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year.)
“And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”