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.
Noah had just been a part of the most traumatic event to ever fall upon the earth. Practically every summer Hollywood rolls out a new disaster movie but none compares with the destruction that Noah had witnessed. It wouldn’t be believable. Noah had witnessed the destruction of the entire planet except for his family of 8 people and a boat full of animals.
Noah had spent a year (not just the 40 days it rained but all of the time required for the land to dry) inside of a big boat playing zookeeper to every animal imaginable. But in the end, Noah exits the ark and worships God.
Many people look to God in times of trouble, regardless whether they have any faith in Him at any other time. How many people stop to thank God afterwards for seeing them through the trouble?
Luke 17:11-19 records the story of Jesus healing ten lepers but only one returned to thank him. It is far too often that after the storm calms down we need to run out and assess the damage, make up for lost time, or do our best to forget that it ever happened. And we forget to praise God for seeing us through the storm.
Noah sets an example for all of us to follow. No matter what the storm we face, we need to remember God not just in our time of need, but in thankfulness afterwards.