Last week, I spent a few days looking at the account of the flood and Noah's obedient response. I looked at how Noah's obedience close walk with God is why he was considered righteous and it was also why God spared his life along with his family. I also looked at the fact that the flood wasn't the end; God continued to think about Noah and dried up the earth for Noah and his family. Today, I want to look at the response Noah had after the flood was dried up; please read Genesis 8:15-22.
God dried up the ground and allowed Noah and his family along with all of the animals to come out. What was the first thing that Noah did? He built an altar and offered a sacrifice to the Lord. Notice the powerful response that God had to Noah's sacrifice. He told Himself that He would never again destroy all living things. That is a huge resolve given that He recognized that humans would continue to have every thought inclined toward evil from childhood. How could Noah's sacrifice pleased God so much that such an incredible statement could be made?
I think James 5:16 gives us the answer: "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." We are told that Noah was righteous in Genesis 6:9 and that he walked closely with God. So, we can know that when he offered a sacrifice and prayed to God, there were powerful and wonderful results. In Genesis 8, we can see that Noah's sacrifice pleased God greatly and I'm sure that was because of his righteousness. We too, can have powerful prayers with wonderful results. Romans 1:16-17 says, "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.'" When we have faith and believe that we forgiven through Christ's sacrifice on the cross and His victory over death in His resurrection we are also made right with God. We too, can pray an earnest prayer with wonderful results because we have been made right with God.
Are you praying earnestly?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty and Monday Musings.