What is that smell?

Genesis 8:20,21 – “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. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

Yesterday, my son had two soccer practices. He had one right after school, came home for dinner and then went to another practice for a community soccer team. By the time he got home, he was ripe! I mean NASTY! Bless his heart, he had worked for a total of four hours after being at school all day long. But he loved it! The smile on his face and the joy in his voice while telling me about four left footed goal shots was the best, as long as he didn’t hug me. He was walking around the house spreading his aroma everywhere. My daughter quickly ran upstairs and got the Frebreeze to conquer the stench. She proudly walked all around the downstairs getting rid of the smell of my son.

So, this whole explanation of my son’s stench is for this purpose: we all leave an aroma behind. You’ve been there – you get on an elevator and you can still smell the perfume of the last occupant. Well, we leave a spiritual aroma behind as well. When we leave someplace, will people know and remember that you have been there?

When Noah got off the boat, he took one of every clean animal and sacrificed it to the Lord. Why did he do this? Obedience. He knew that God would be pleased with this sacrifice. And God was pleased. It smelled good to Him.

Similarly, God is pleased when we choose to serve Him, when we choose to make a sacrifice for Him. It is a sweet smelling aroma in Heaven.

So today, princess, what kind of aroma are you going to leave behind? Are people going to remember your example of Him or are they going to remember something unpleasing? It’s not about pleasing others and making others happy, it is about pleasing the One who gave His life for ours – Jesus.


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