“This is the history of the descendants of Adam. When God created people, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them ‘human'”. Genesis 5:1-2, NLT
It seemed the longer they lived, the more God‘s heart was broken by their sinfulness and selfishness. “In the future, they will live no more than 120 years.” Genesis 6:3, NLT
“Now the LORD observed the extent of the people’s wickedness, and he saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them. It broke his heart.” Genesis 6:5-6, NLT
It broke His heart. That thought alone brings tears to my eyes.
We pray often, “Lord, break my heart of what break’s your heart, so I will see and be more of what you what me to be.” This passage breaks my heart with God. It was His original intent to create a perfect world to live for the humans He created to have a relationship with Him and to simply love Him back. Sounds so simple until self, “having it all my way” over God’s design is humans’ way of putting God, our Creator and Lord…last on the list of love, care and adoration. Heartbreaking, to say the least.
We still do it. What is on your list to accomplish and Who will you begin the day with today?
“And the LORD said, ‘I will completely wipe out this human race that I have created. Yes, and I will destroy all the animals and birds, too. I am sorry I ever made them.'” Genesis 6:7, NLT
“BUT Noah found favor with the LORD.” Genesis 6:8, NLT
FAVOR…what does that look like to our God? What stopped him from destroying the world He had created and everything in it? Favor is being right with God…”Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time. He consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him.” Genesis 6:9-11, NLT
The key words that leap from the page to gain the favor of God are righteousness and relationship! Consistently right with God, following His will because of a close RELATIONSHIP with him. Noah had it all. He had God. He had favor with God.
Oh, Lord, that’s what I want..favor with You because of our relationship.
Dear Heavenly Father, YOUR story tells us what breaks your heart. Your Story also tells us that being right with You is to have a close relationship with You. Noah was not perfect, but perfectly and consistently close to You. We seek to consistently find favor with You as well. You stir our hearts with Your Story every time. Thank you for consistently loving us…not matter what. Thank you for Jesus, Your Son, who broke down the barriers for man to relate to You forever and ever. We pray we do not break your heart. Help us, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen