The other afternoon, I stepped out onto the back deck to shake something out. “It smells like a good spring rain.” The air just smelled clean and fresh even though the sun was still out. Partly.
Breathing in, I recognized the smell of rain, and it was but a few minutes and the rain began to fall.
After the flood there came a point when God told Noah it was time to leave the ark. Noah obeyed and taking all his family and animals, he exited the ark.
Then Noah built an altar and took some of every kind of clean animal, and some of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
It was then the verse I had read earlier came back to mind:
“The Lord smelled the soothing aroma … “ (Genesis 8:21, NASB)
It’s humbling to think of God breathing in to absorb the aroma that was rising from the burnt offering. Even more so, to realize the aroma was soothing to Him.
It brought to mind 2 Corinthians 2:14 and another aroma:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (NASB)
Warren Wiersbe offers this explanation:
“The image here is that of the “Roman triumph,” their version of our modern “ticker tape parade.” The victorious general’s sons would walk behind their father’s chariot, sharing in his victory; and that is where believers are today – following in Christ’s triumph. We do not fight for victory; we fight from victory.”
(Wiersbe Study Bible, page 1702)
Our lives can be spreading the aroma of victory – the sweet smell of success, so to speak, wherever we go.
The words of an old song come back to my memory, and I begin to hum …
“The fragrance of Christ
It breaks apart the strongholds of pride
and the hardest of hearts
It makes all the wounded whole and then starts
to open the senses to your goodness
It’s the fragrance of Christ.”
(from The Fragrance of Christ, Charles Billingsley)
It is the fragrance of Christ – that sweet aroma –
it will open the senses of this lost world
to His goodness.
Prayer: Lord, help our lives to do just that – leave the sweet aroma of Jesus in every place we have been. May no one remember anything of us, but only of Him. And may it be a soothing aroma to God our Father and bring Him honor and glory. Amen.