Offerings

Scripture reading:  Genesis 7-8

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. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.     Genesis 8:20-21

The sacrifices that Noah offered moved the heart of God. Perhaps it would be better to say that the heart with which Noah offered the sacrifices moved the heart of God. God judges motive. The first thing we are told that Noah did when he left the ark was to build an altar and offer sacrifices to the LORD.

Romans 12:1-2 calls me to be a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is the offering I am called to bring—myself on the altar. It allows me to demonstrate that I trust myself fully to God. I recognize that He is in control. My heart belongs to Him. I give it to Him freely and fully. This is the type of offering I can bring that will move the heart of God. This is true worship. That is why many times, as I contemplate the privilege of bringing this offering, I burst into song of praise to my Rock and my Redeemer. He is exalted, the King is exalted on high. I will praise Him with my offering.

Dear LORD, how I praise you for your unfailing and never-changing love for the creation You have made. Thank you for considering my offerings as a sweet aroma. I pray that You find my heart given over fully to You in my offering of praise. Amen.