Genesis 8: Praise As Our First Reaction

There is a ton to write about in Genesis chapter 8, but I think that what I want to talk about today is found near the end of the chapter in verse 20.

To set the scene, the earth has finally dried up and it is time for everyone to go out from the ark. God told Noah the following:

Gen 8:16  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Gen 8:17  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

I am sure that this was welcome news. After being stuck in a giant boat with hundreds or thousands of animals, I’m sure that they were all excited to have a little bit more space and at least fresh air.

Noah definitely did what God told him yet again, but this time he did stop to do one thing first.

Gen 8:20  And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Noah knew that the fact that he and his family survived the flood was due to the protection of God, and he rightfully offered up an offering of thanks.

It is very cool that that was his first reaction because that is where I want to be.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my prayers turn into a list of everything that I want God to do. He is obviously open to hearing our requests, but He definitely wants to hear something else as well.

Php 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

As we make our requests known, we need to remember that being thankful is just as important. Even though we tend to get wrapped up in what we want God to do next, it is definitely helpful to look back and see all of the things that God has already done. Even on our worst day, we still have so many reasons to be thankful.

I guess that is my challenge for myself and everyone else for today.

Definitely make your requests known to God because we are told to do that in the aforementioned verse, but don’t forget the first part of that verse that talks about thanksgiving. The first thing that Noah did when he got off the ark was create an altar of praise.

That should be our first reaction as well.

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About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on July 30, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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