“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.” – Genesis 8:20-21
We are living in a time of progress. In the past decade or so, technology has grown to the point that we are seeing things invented that we have only seen in Star Trek episodes. The problem of today is not a lack of progress, the problem of today is a lack of worship. We have aspired to reach for the stars, but have lost touch with that which grounds us and keeps us stable.
It is interesting to note that when Noah came down from the ark, the first thing that he did was build an altar. Why was that? It could be argued that Noah was wasting resources by sacrificing animals to God. The world needed to be repopulated! But Noah understood something that we must understand: WORSHIP COMES FIRST, SERVICE SECOND.
In essence, life is like a rowboat. It is hard to row a boat on the sand, but when the tide comes in, it is easy. When worship is absent from the soul, we struggle to do our work, but when a tide of praise fills us from within everything moves better.