Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Good Aromas

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    We all love pleasing aromas.  A good candle, a spray of Lysol, a whiff of potpourri, or a dash of perfume or cologne.  Smells can trigger memories and take you back in time.
    When I was in the hospital the other day, the nurses who had been working with a C.diff patient [bad intestinal bacteria] came into my room and were taken back by the good smell in my room.  What smells so good?  It was my Autumn Day hand sanitizer.
    Genesis 8;20-21  ''Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.''  Noah's burnt sacrifices were a form of worship that pleased God.  The divine sense of smell is just an example of how God was pleased and 'soothed His indignation of sin.'  God's grace to Noah was extended to all mankind by promising never to send a flood to destroy the earth again.
    2 Corinthians 2;14-16  ''But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?''
    May all we say and do bring about a pleasing aroma that pleases God and draws others to Him.