“And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour (aroma); 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 (destroy) any more every thing living, as I have done.”Genesis 8:20-21
When I was young, my parents taught me a very important godly principal. When I was given money as a gift or if I had earned it, I was to give the LORD what was rightfully His. I was taught much later that it is all His, and I am just a steward of His money. I find it is harder to worry about money when I know it is all His, and He gives me what I need and often more. Although God has solidified this principal in my life, I cannot say that it has always been this way for me in all aspects.
I was 23 years old when I asked Rebekah to marry me. I had a lot on my mind but I was concerned with where we would live, and more importantly, what we could afford. Our wedding was eight months away, but I felt like we needed to start looking for a place to stay. I thought I knew what the price range was for houses, but my eyes were soon opened to the true cost.
We looked and looked and it seemed the houses we liked were not in our price range, and the houses that were seemed to be inhabitable. We found some new model homes that were located further away, and while it was at the very top of our price range, it was something we could afford. We thought if we had to, we could exist on ramen and mac and cheese, and love would be enough. There was some pressure when the first mortgage bill came due but God sufficiently met all of our needs and even some of our wants.
I read about Noah and it surprises me that the first thing he did was not look for shelter or a home, but he instead sought to worship his God. Sadly, I looked for an earthly home way before I looked for a church home. I did not seem concerned with finding a church home even though that was far more important than where I would lay my head. I learned as a kid that God came first, but that seemed lost on me when it came to worship and putting Him first in all things. It is hard to put Him first with your tithe when you don’t even have a church in which to give it.
God was pleased with the worship from His servant Noah, so much so that He promised to never flood the earth again. Godly worship is pleasing to the Father and it is something we must take seriously and do it in a way that pleases Him. Noah was not worried about the scarceness of the supplies he had but sacrificed to God freely knowing God is the supplier of all things.
Where are you today friend? Does your worship honor God? Are you concerned about worldly things and possessions, or are you more concerned with the things of God? Are you thankful for what God has provided for you? Are your first thoughts to honor God or do you allow the cares and concerns of the world to occupy your time and thoughts? May our worship be a sweet aroma to the Lord, and may our actions always be pleasing to Him.