“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord , and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race…”
Genesis 8:20-21 NLT
We can observe throughout scripture, how the patriarchs sought God and created a dwelling place for Him even when situations were not pleasant.
Noah and his family had been preserved from the floods that swept the earth. When they came out of the Ark, he did something very significant that moved God to make a covenant promise to him and the entire humanity after him.
1. Noah built an altar.
An altar is a place where divinity meets humanity. They are locations that God inhabits and are places of prayer, meditation, worship and spiritual encounters with God.
2. Noah offered sacrifice.
Our sacrifices tell God how much He means to us and how far we can go to demonstrate this. God will only dwell with you, when He knows how sincere and significant your sacrifices are. Your freewill sacrifices of time, money, talents, resources and experiences to the building of God’s kingdom pleases Him, and causes Him to move in your favour as He did for Noah.
3. Noah worshiped.
An acceptable sacrifice is one that comes with and in an atmosphere of worship. As believers, our lives must be ones of worship, because it shows our total surrender, dependence on and reverence to God. Your worship should therefore not be limited to songs and tears, but must reflect in all you do and say; giving God glory. In this atmosphere, He dwells.
Pray with me:
Father, thank you for your Word of direction. May my words, thoughts and deeds bring you honour. May my worship and sacrifices be acceptable unto you, and may your holy name be praised. In Jesus’ name, Amen.