Genesis 8: When the storm has passed

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”  It took some faith to sacrifice those animals.  At the moment, they like all living things were on the “endangered” list, in a way.  Yet, in the tradition passed down by his godly heritage, Noah worshiped God with burnt offerings–notice it is plural.  He sacrificed more than one animal here.  It was a big family barbecue in honor of their Savior.  With this act, Noah celebrated the salvation of his family from the utter devastation apparent all around him.  He recognized the power and authority of God, as well as the great love and mercy He had shown to them.  It’s a good reminder for us.  We may pass through many trials and even devastating circumstances.  How do we respond when the hardship has passed and we are standing in the aftermath?  It’s easy to forget to thank God when the storm has passed.  But it’s critical that we take time to remember His goodness and offer Him our loving worship.  Those moments are His delight.

Reading: Genesis 8