Letters from Neil | May 5th, 2020

Redemption AZ / May 31, 2020

May 5, 2020

Good morning Salties & Friends,

I hope this new day finds you well. We’ve looked at the great patience of Noah before but this passage today continues to convict me regarding my lack of patience. If you are like me, you struggle with waiting (I always search for the shortest line at Costco, hate getting stopped at a red light, etc. etc.) This next section continues to be instructive for us who lack patience since verses 10 – 21 are all about Noah waiting on God a very long time before finally leaving the ark. Believe it or not, Noah and his family were in the ark a total of 371 days! Yet, Noah didn’t leave the ark until God told him to do so (vs 16.) God’s Word led Noah to do the right thing at the right time. The timing and initiative is God’s. For Noah, it was a simple but profound act of obedience. 

Noah’s first act upon leaving the ark was to build an altar (it’s the first mention of this word in Scripture) and offer sacrifices to God with the clean animals he had brought aboard with him. This is a great example of giving thanks by putting first things first. Are we thankful people, is that our first “flinch” to give thanks for each new day?  Paul makes it clear that it is God’s will for us to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18.) On the other hand, not being thankful is the very essence of those who don’t recognize the sovereignty and goodness of God (Rom 1:21.) When Paul says in everything, he’s talking about all that occurs in our lives; the good and the bad. Thankfulness should be a part of the fabric of our lives because we know Romans 8:28 is true; God works all things together for our good and His glory. Even in a time like this of anxiety and stress we should be demonstrating a prayerful attitude of thanksgiving (Phil 4:6-7.)

Verse 21 says the aroma of the sacrifice was pleasing to God. This means God takes pleasure in His people’s worship. Ephesians 5:2 says we offer a pleasing aroma to God when we walk in love, meaning when we love our neighbors it is a pleasing offering and sacrifice to God just like when we’re thankful. Noah had much to be thankful for; deliverance from a corrupt, evil world and preservation through the flood. Let’s take a moment today to offer a pleasing aroma to God by expressing our appreciation for all the things we have to be thankful for.

I thank God for you, my dear Salt friends! Neil