Meditate on Genesis 6: 6-8 “The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created — and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground — for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
In Genesis 6 we see a hard truth to come to terms with. God regrets making human beings on earth. Think of God as you would think of a parent of an addict who watches their child make deadly mistakes and harm everyone in their path. The addict, in their addiction, cannot be reasoned with because they are blind to the path of destruction that they are on. We can think of ourselves as addicts when we are lost and separated from God. We are addicted to sin, and we are blind to how it harms us and those around us. Thankfully, unlike my analogy, God is not a helpless parent. God brings death, and He is merciful in doing so because He knows that it was the better alternative to a life devoted to evil. In Genesis we see God’s truth revealed and see the beginnings of His rescue plan unfold.
We see a trend that started with his great grandfather Enoch, Noah has God’s favor and walks faithfully with Him. God tells Noah His plan, gives him detailed instructions and tells Him that He will establish His covenant with Him. The chapter ends with Noah doing everything God commanded him.
Don’t make the mistake here of walking away from this chapter believing that God is heartless. It says His heart is TROUBLED at our sin and our decision to be evil, instead of the good creation He intended us to be. We need to celebrate the fact that in spite of our sin that brought death, and our utter blindness to the matter, that God still showed Noah favor and established a new covenant that would allow us to be restored to Him again.
Prayer: Oh God forgive me for how deeply my sin troubles your heart. Thank you for your desire for your creation to be restored to you once and for all, and for establishing a new covenant with me. Thank you for finding favor in at least one man during that time even though we were all evil in your sight. God, I thank you that you don’t see me like that anymore. Thank you, Lord, that you see Jesus when you look at me now. Give me a heart for what breaks yours God. Give me your eyes for your people. In Jesus’ name amen.
Application: Sometimes it’s easy to gloss over grace and the seriousness of our sin. How does this change the way you think about sin?
How does this change your appreciation for what God did through Jesus?
Remember it is an absolute grace of God that we are restored to Him. Find joy in your salvation today and let it overflow to a lost and hurting world.
Write down the name of someone who is in desperate need of God’s rescue or pray for an opportunity to share this news with someone who needs to hear it today.