The Aroma

Day 251

Prayer for the day

Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.

Scripture for the day

Proverbs 6-7, 2 Corinthians 2

Have you ever noticed what an incredible power smell can have on you? It takes only a whiff of a certain aroma to entirely overwhelm the sense, and bring a flood of memory flooding back. The smell of your grandmother’s perfume, of a new car, of a certain favorite dish your mom used to make…each of these can be a blessing or a curse.

The power of scent is extraordinary. The Apostle Paul speaks well when he uses the analogy of scent to describe what his work is in spreading the good news of Jesus. He seeks, he says, to spread the aroma of the knowledge of God. Like a smell travelling on the wind, the aroma of the knowledge of God can arrest you when you least expect it. And when the aroma of the knowledge of God reaches your nostrils, your life will never be the same. It is an attractive smell, a beautiful smell, one that draws people like moths to the flame.

The writer of Proverbs knows something of this aroma. He gives his “son” instruction regarding the ways of God, speaking of the importance of keeping his ways pure. He speaks of sexual purity, of financial purity, of honesty and integrity and the importance of ensuring that every single thing we do is in line with the command and plan of God.

The writer lists things that the Lord hates and detests. These are the actions and attitudes that will create and perpetuate the wrong aroma: it is the odor of death that comes from a life committed to itself instead of a life committed to God.

May your pleasing aroma meet the nostrils of everyone you meet, filling the world with the smell of the knowledge of God.

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