It wasn’t until I became a parent that I began to understand God more as a Heavenly Father. There have been times through these parenting years that I have cried out to God to know what to do as a parent and to shed tears of grief because of fear and sadness about things that had happened in their lives. I have gone to God with gut-wrenching grief and needing direction about how to guide and direct my children in different seasons of life. I have learned how God’s heart grieves and I have gone back to Him several times to repent and apologize for the way I have grieved His heart. We indeed are made in the image of God, and God feels grief. He feels sadness and anger.
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” Genesis 6:5-6 (ESV)
It is crazy to me that just a few chapters ago, we were in the Garden of Eden, free of sin. Now, here we are where sin has crept into every heart to the point that God is regretting making man.
In my last blog post, we talked about compromise. It was compromise that led to sinning, which then led to hearts filled with evil, and the consequence is death. This is what is grieving God's heart. Click To Tweet
When I began writing this morning, I intended to write one blog, but as I was writing the post, God spoke to my heart about this one. I needed to make them two posts. I didn’t think there was enough to write for this one, but it doesn’t matter because this post is essential. This post shares the reason why we need Jesus. This post shares the first step of the gospel and the first step to understanding our need for a Savior. So here I am.
God grieved because those who He had created and loved, embraced sin and allowed it to fill their hearts to the point where they are overtaken with evil. We are sinners, and our sin grieves God.We need Jesus because our sin separates us from God. Click To Tweet
I accepted Jesus when I was nine years old. I loved Him. Just like the people in Noah’s time, I compromised. I got impatient with God, and I lived on my emotions and not by who I knew Him to be. I walked away. I did things a different way. I compromised what I knew was right for the lie the enemy was feeding me. Thankfully God continued to pursue me. He knew what I could be in Him and He knew what He had created me to be. After a couple of years, I found myself crying out to Him in grief over my sin. He forgave me and began walking with me on a long journey to restoration, and it has been a very personal and freeing journey.
God is getting ready to destroy these people in Noah’s time. They suffered the destruction and death that came. For us today, we still have time to receive what God has done for us through His son Jesus. Our sin grieves God. It separates us from Him. He wants to have our relationship with Him restored because He loves us like any good parent. He loves us with love beyond compare. His faithfulness is beyond what we can ever experience with any human being in our life. The enemy deceives us into thinking that God is holding back from us. He fools us into thinking that sin isn’t a big deal and there aren’t any consequences but that is not the truth and we will see what effects it brought in Noah’s time as we continue to study together.
What will you do with this truth today? I know after I write, I will be repenting of a few things in my life God is showing me are grieving Him right now. I pray that this speaks to your heart today.