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.
Calm After the Storm
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 to 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
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.