I was reading in the Old Testament and I started to ask myself, “Where did worship come from?” Almost every chapter in the Old Testament is someone building an alter, offering a sacrifice, rules for sacrifice, tearing idols down. When did it all begin? And WHY?
The first offering we see is Cain and Abel providing offerings up to God. (Gen 4) There is no rule they are following, or commandment they have to keep. They are offering the very best of what they have to God because there is nothing else they want to do more. They understand that everything they have has been given to them completely by The Creator and the only thing they have to give back is their very best.
The next offering in the bible is Noah building an alter and sacrificing to God. (Gen 8:20) It is the first thing he does when he gets off the boat after the flood! Noah, too, understood that everything is given by God. Everything was created for His good pleasure. We have nothing apart from him.
Gen 7:6 “Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.”
Genesis 8:13 “In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry”
1 year, 1 month and 1 day not soon enough! in a boat with the same smelly animals, the same people, the same food, all while, tossing and turning, with no end in sight. Can you relate? I can’t imagine what it would have been like on that boat. Noah knew that this was exactly what God asked him to do. But how could it be? Something so excruciatingly painful and not knowing when it would end. It seems impossible.
Gen 8:1 “But God remembered Noah.”
Deut 31:6 “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Noah knew God was with him in the midst of the storm. Even though God asked him to walk into the storm, He always knew that it would come to an end at some point. And the first thing he did was offer sacrifice. Not throw a party or go on vacation, he remembered that everything comes from God. Even in the midst of the storm. God created the earth and everything in it out of His abundance and for His good pleasure. And the only thing he could offer back was his best.
God formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows your dreams and your abilities. He created you and everything around you for HIS pleasure and He gets pleasure when we thrive in our abilities. But we can’t forget where it all comes from and to whom we owe the glory. Even in the hard times, they too will come to an end.