A Grateful heart.

Growing with God-A daily devotion with Tonia Slimm.

Genesis 8:20-21 (NIV)
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, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

Genesis 8:20-21 (MSG)
Noah built an altar to God. He selected clean animals and birds from every species and offered them as burnt offerings on the altar. God smelled the sweet fragrance and thought to himself, “I’ll never again curse the ground because of people. I know they have this bent toward evil from an early age, but I’ll never again kill off everything living as I’ve just done.
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“And Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every [ceremonially] clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma [a soothing, satisfying scent] and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intent (strong inclination, desire) of man’s heart is wicked from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.” -AMPLIFIED

Yesterday we found God commanding Noah and his family to leave the ark; after all the water had finally left. The verse following God’s command shows us Noah’s response, “So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.” Noah once again obeyed. (Not that you would have considered spending the rest of his life in that ark, but it had been a place of safety and it was not familiar to them all.)

Notice, Noah’s first action once he existed the ark was to build an altar and to give thanks to God for bringing him and his family through the Flood, which had been a very trying situation. Noah’s first thoughts were ones of gratitude and thanks. His heart was inclined to agree with the writer of Psalm 107. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” -Psalms 107:1

Noah and family must have been so thankful to be off of that ship and on terra firma their hearts were singing. I would not have thought it odd if they had even gotten down on bended knee to kiss the ground. Noah’s utmost desire though was to give thanks to God for bringing them through a very perilous situation. And that was exactly as it should be.

Noah built an altar to God. He then took some of the animals that God had so wisely foreseen the need for and cleaned and offered them to God as a sweet, smelling sacrifice. God smelled the aroma coming from that sacrifice and we are told that He was pleased. That is saying that God took great delight in Noah’s offering.

Too often we relegate thanksgiving to a special day in November; when in actuality we should be living a life of continuous gratitude and thanksgiving to our God. Remember Paul’s admonition to the Thessalonians, “Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 (AMP)

God was pleased by Noah’s offering. Let us be sure that we too are being pleasing to our Lord and Savior.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.” -Colossians 3:23-24 (AMP)

My Prayer:
Father God, I want to live my life in a state of thanksgiving and gratitude. Allow your Holy Spirit to turn my mind and heart to all the wonderful things that you have done in my life. Help me to have spiritual eyes that see the blessings that are continuously poured out on my life. God, where would I be without your loving hand on my life is a scary thought to consider? Thank you, for all you do for me and those I love. Thank you for your loving care, your hand of protection, and your provision in every area of my life. May my very life be an offering of praise and thanksgiving to you. Father, you are so good to me!

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