Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. – Genesis 8:20
It certainly wasn’t picnic, but being sealed up in the ark for over a year was better than the alternative. Still, there was a lot for Noah and his family to do while they waited for the next move of God in their lives.
Mundane repetitive tasks establish an order, a rhythm to daily life. Cooking, cleaning up after each other and the animals, making sure the animals had been fed, looking out after one another. Life must go on, and because man is created in God’s image, we are creatures of order.
The everyday things of each of our lives provide a sense of the continuity of all things. In the evening, the stars and the moon come out to dance in the sky. We marvel at the largeness of the universe. When sleep comes, we dream big dreams while being refreshed from the labor of the day. Soon enough the sun rises. Our focus moves from the skies to the things of earth. Family, work, and other concerns become our priority.
If we are not careful, we will completely overlook what is most important. Without worship, everything else is so meaningless. Without the grounding of acknowledging the presence, power, and provision of God, all the busyness of everyday life becomes drudgery.
Never touch the world until the Word has touched you.
After the flood subsided, Noah opened the ark. His family exited and stepped foot on the newly clean ground. Oh, there was a lit to do if they were going to make the best use of that first day back on good old terra firma. But, first things first.
Those mundane everyday tasks aren’t meaningless. God has a purpose for them that can only be revealed when we acknowledge His authority over all things. His purpose for them becomes clear when we bend our knee and worship Him. He alone is God.
Think About It
How could the idea that God is the conductor of the day ahead of you change the way you perceive the rhythm of your life?
What role does daily worship that includes your own personal time in the Word and prayer play in your routine?