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No Words Can Express September 20, 2010

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Alright, let’s go back and review:  those that were followers of God decided to marry those that were not followers of God.  And at that point the Lord said man’s days would be 120 years.

Even though God was being beyond patient, things were getting bad.  Really bad.  Worse than really bad.  Extremely bad.

Evil was all over the place.

And God saw it all.

He “saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  (Genesis 6:5)

Only evil continually.

Imagine…

If you had been God, at that point in time, and you had gone through the heartbreak of man not remembering your simple rules, and you had to remove them from the garden created just for them, simply to protect them from an eternal life of pain and suffering…

…and then you had to watch as they grew more evil with each passing day… hurting each other, hurting themselves, filled with evil thoughts and imaginations, not caring about how they were acting, hateful, spiteful, boastful, proud… the list goes on and on…

What would you have done?

Would you have turned your back and said, “Aw… it’s okay…” and just let it continue?

Or, would you have done something to stop it all?

In all honesty, God could have allowed His pain to turn to anger.  “I’m DONE with all of you!  I’ve had enough!!!”  And then wiped every single person off the face of the earth, out of His anger.

But… He didn’t do that.

In the next moment, we see the heart of the King of Kings.

He repented… of making man, and He was grieved in His heart.

Let’s look at what those two words mean, to get a clearer picture of the emotion the Lord was feeling.

“Repented” means “to be sorry, to regret, to move to pity, to suffer grief” and a lot of other meanings close to these.

“Grieved” means “to be in pain, to be pained, to be grieved, to vex, to wrest, to torture” and a lot of other meanings close to these as well.

Can you see what the Lord was going through?  It wasn’t anger at all. It was deep, deep, deep pain.

So He spoke of the pain in His heart:  “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

There are no words to adequately express the pain the Lord felt, that day.

Man tossed God’s Love aside.  Man didn’t care about God at all.

But God cared about man.

So He looked.

And looked.

And looked.

He scanned the heart of every single man, woman and child on earth, to see if there was anyone at all who had not forgotten about the Lord.

Tomorrow night, we will discuss what He found, and what He did about it.

Sleep well.

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