“Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives… 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 humans… And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done” (Gen 8:15-21)
It is now more than five weeks since I fell and broke my foot. I have been staying in my room since then. My husband takes care of me. I thank God for his life! Some of my children in Christ help us too. Thank God for them! Many people tell me they miss me in the church. I miss them too. But I cannot come out anytime I want. I am the Lord’s ‘prisoner of hope’. The God who allowed this ‘accident’ to happen is the same God who will open the door for me to come back to ministry in the church. I cannot come earlier than that! The God of Noah is my also my God.
In a world of sin, God found Noah to be a righteous man. By faith Noah built an ark according to God’s command. He preached Christ to his neighbors but they mocked Noah for his faith. The building of the ark lasted about 100 years. Finally God commanded Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives to enter the ark. The animals and the birds went in too. And God ‘shut the door’. The rain came from heaven and flooded the whole earth. Then the rain stopped. After 370 days of staying inside the ark, God commanded Noah to come out.
Just imagine Noah, his family and the animals coming out of the ark. More than a year had passed. What they saw now was very different than what they left behind. There were no more wicked mockers; no more enemies. This was a new beginning. What did Noah do first? He did not build a house for himself. He did not start a farm. He built an altar to The Lord and, together with his family, they worshipped God! He sacrificed clean animals knowing that ‘without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins’. He acknowledged Christ Crucified as their Savior!
The smoke of the burnt offerings went up. And God received and rejoiced in that aroma of faith, surrender, obedience, thanksgiving and true worship. That altar and the sacrifice point to Christ who ‘gave Himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph 5:2). God accepted the sacrifice of His Son. He then vowed in His heart never the punish man again. Christ is enough forever! Amen!
The flood water was God’s judgement on sin and sinners. The ark represents Christ! All the people inside the ark survived. Not a drop of the water of judgement touched them. All the people outside the ark perished. This is the lesson: If you are inside Christ, you shall live! If you reject His offer of salvation, you shall perish! There is no other option!
This is one of the blessings of obedience: ‘you shall be blessed when you go in and you shall be blessed when you go out’ ( Deut 28:6). To be blessed it means to be happy! I claim this blessing for myself! I rejoice in all things God has allowed in my life! I have no complains and no regrets! My body is not my own but it is the temple of the a Holy Spirit. God can do anything He wants with His temple! It is Christ in all! From the time I fell on the stairs I fell into God’s arms! Every moment since then it is God’s power that carries me! His presence is with me right now! In God’s time I shall come out from this ‘prison’. God Himself will open the door! There shall be worship and thanksgiving! The aroma of Christ Crucified coming out of purified hearts will be pleasing to God! God will be happy with us, His children! He will grant us revival! His glory, and not His judgment, will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea! The glory revealed in the future cannot compare with the inconveniences of the present! It is our holy duty to rejoice even now! Hallelujah!