After the flood had totally abated during the days of Noah, God told Noah to come out of the ark with the animals and be fruitful. He did come out but before he became fruitful, he sacrificed to God. v20 “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”. He did not take the word of the Lord for granted, but provoked the blessing by offering sacrifices to the Lord. After the sacrifices, the Lord was favourably disposed towards him, V20-22 “And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease”.
In the first case, it was love for God and obedience to Him that brought Noah to the status of the only family alive in the whole world. God blessed him after the flood but he provoked a definite blessing by his sacrifice. By his act, the blessing God pronounced on him was extended to mankind after He (God) smelt the sweet aroma of the sacrifice, “while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest” with resolute conditions of earthly seasons attached to the blessing.
Many a time we want things done for us by God but we are not ready to provoke the blessings by making sacrifices. It is not all about money but making sacrifice from a genuine heart to please the Lord. Jesus said “Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me” Matthew 25:40. 1John 4:20 “If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”
To be fruitful, there is something the Lord require you to sacrifice. God did not make a demand from Noah but Noah acted his own volition. Allow the Spirit of God show you what to do to move God to bless you.
Prayer point: Father Lord, help me to be profitable to Your kingdom.