Vs 5: The Lord saw the wickedness of his creation… If we were to compare this statement with Genesis 1 where the Lord saw his creation and said that it was very good we would understand why his heart broke. God saw that humanity had become evil to the core and they were getting worse and worse.
- Evil intentions – God’s intent for humanity was for humanity to worship him and to enjoy his presence but now humanities intention was evil and wickedness.
- Evil thoughts – Humanity had forgotten God. They had no regards for him and instead all of their thoughts were evil.
- Evil hearts – No longer was their hearts inclined towards God but they were inclined for evil and wickedness.
Vs 6: Sin always grieves God. Yes, even the sins you and I commit grieve God. In this grief or regret we see the passion of God for humanity. His grief and regret was so great that he was sorry he even created humanity. Not only was he grieved (sorry) but He was also provoked to a fierce reaction.
Vs 7: God declares he is going to destroy humanity and all living things. We see that sin not only stirs God’s heart of sorrow but also his anger towards sin.
Vs 8: But Noah found favor with the Lord. God is going to destroy humanity but among all the evil and wickedness he finds Noah.
- He was a godly man
- He was blameless
- He walked with God
God spares the righteous from his judgment.
What is the take away today?
God sees… These are words that stick out to me and I ask you take them with you today. God sees the way we live our lives. Our actions matter to him. I believe the way we conduct our lives, treat people around us and how much we allow God to be the Lord of our lives matters. When we sin it grieves his heart. How does that make you feel? Does it cause you to reconsider how you live your life? Does it scare you? Think about this today. We are God’s creation and we bring much joy to him so let us commit to living for him unashamedly. Let us be mindful of sin and the affects it has on us personally and how it grieves the heart of God. Although sin is ever present around and in us we do not have to fear the harsh judgment of God. This is not to say that God will not punish or discipline us for the sins we commit. It does mean that we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who has bore the punishment for us so we do not have to face the harsh judgment of God; instead we are redeemed as children of God so let us live as children of the King.