It’s been over ninety degrees almost every day for the past week. Today is our trash day. Need I say more? Let’s just say that rolling that trash can to the road brings new meaning to the word stench.
Nothing smells worse that garbage that has baked in the sun for a week.
On the other hand, I remember the first time I went to Florida during the season when the orange trees were in bloom. I think I could have hyperventilated, hanging my head out the window as we drove through the groves just breathing in the amazing scent of orange blossoms.
Our sense of smell is quick to pick up whether something smells terrible or wonderful. Sometimes when we walk into a new environment the first thing we notice is how it smells. How many times have you said, “what is that smell?”
God has a keen sense of smell and he’s given it to us as well.
Amos 5:21 talks about God smelling something terrible. In some versions the word stench is used. But the NASB version paints a very clear picture.
Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. (NASB)
This verse is talking about how God feels about fake religion that is pretending to worship Him. It tells us that when we play church, the stink is so bad that God refuses to smell. He is holding His nose!
But, in 2 Corinthians 2:15 it says For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
The choice is ours. We can smell like trash and give God reason to hold his nose or we can smell like orange blossoms on the breeze and cause others to respond to the irresistible fragrance of Christ.
So how do you smell today?