Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Heart of God

“…for I am sorry that I have made them” (Genesis 6:7).

Can you imagine the heart of God as He looked upon the earth and saw the wickedness of man? God’s love for His creation was usurped by man’s evil heart. His heart broke. “The LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart” (v. 6).

We think of God as pure love, merciful, forgiving, slow to anger, compassionate toward us all. But, we often fail to consider that there is a point, as with any loving natural father, where his heart is so broken at the wicked choices and actions of his children, that he is grieved beyond words. Imagine the God of all creation, carefully and very precisely forming man from the dust of the ground, setting into motion a beating heart, and breathing life into His beloved creation. Imagine the object of His total affection turning against Him as mankind chose to disobey His one and only command. Imagine how wickedness spread throughout the generations to the point that the Father was grieved as He looked down from the portals of heaven. “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land…” (v. 7).

While I would be remiss not to mention the fact that the sinful state of contemporary man’s heart is likely akin to that which moved the LORD to grieve the fact that He ever made him, that’s not what I feel God is speaking to us today.

Even in the midst of His grief. Brokenheartedness. Disgust. God looked for one who was righteous among all creation and found Noah and granted him favor. And, it was through the generations of Noah that a Redeemer was born to a virgin, fulfilling prophecies of a long-awaited Messiah. Our Merciful Father made a way for us all even in the midst of His own grief over the wickedness of mankind. As much as God’s heart was grieved to the point of regretting the creation He formed in His own image, He provided a way of redemption.

Regardless what you’re facing, your lifestyle, your choices, or your sin … our loving Father provided a Way for redemption. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Once again, through Jesus our Messiah, God created a link between sinful man and Himself. Not Noah, a mere man who found grace in the eyes of the Lord, but the glorious Son of God who paid the ultimate price so we—all mankind—could find a way to the Father.

Like you, I never want to grieve the Father’s heart purposely although I’m sure there are times I’ve sorely disappointed Him. But, as He looks at me (and every believer), He sees “The Way” linking us to Him and He smiles. No longer does He regret making mankind, not because we’ve learned our lesson or because we’re so good, but because of His provision for our redemption.

Thank You, Lord, for making a way — THE WAY — for our redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, amen!

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