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A Painful Conversation August 9, 2016

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Uncategorized.
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Welcome back to our storybook.

Tonight’s story is not an easy one.

Sometimes tough decisions have to be made.  Have you ever had to make a tough, really tough, decision?  I’m not talking about deciding whether or not you’re going to play this video game, or that video game, when you really like them both.  And I’m not talking about trying to decide which movie you are going to see at the theater.  Yes, those can be tough decisions, but the type of decision I’m talking about had grave consequences.

God came to Noah one day, and said, “Listen.  I have made a decision.”

Noah could tell from God’s tone of voice, God was very upset.  Angry?  No.  Upset?  Yes.  Grieved?  Yes.  Ready to fling lightning bolts at the people on the earth?  No.  But God was very, very sad, because to get rid of the evil in the world, He had to do something very, very hard.

God said to Noah, “I’m facing the fact that the world is filled with violence, and there’s no stopping it.  All that I created has become corrupt.”

It was a hard day, for God and for Noah.  God was having to face the fact that all He created had become tainted with evil.

Do you truly understand what “tainted” means?

Let me see if I can give you a couple of examples.

Suppose you’re at a restaurant with a friend, and you order unsweetened tea to drink, but your friend orders sweet tea.  Then suppose that the server accidentally swaps the two glasses when she brings them to your table.  So your friend takes a sip and says it’s not very sweet, and then adds sugar to the tea.  Then you take a sip and realize your tea is not unsweetened, which tells you that the server mixed up the glasses.

You want to switch them back, but then you realize: your friend has added sugar to your unsweetened tea!  Is there any way to get that sugar back out of your unsweetened tea?  No.  It’s been tainted with the sugar, and now you can’t separate the sugar from the tea.

Or suppose you are making brownies for dessert, and you need to add oil to the mix.  However, you read the amount incorrectly and add too much, and you don’t realize your mistake before you pour the oil into the bowl.  Now that it’s in the bowl, it’s too late.  You can’t get it back out, right?  The brownie mix has been tainted with the extra oil.

This is what had happened to the earth.  God said the earth had become “corrupt” which means it had been “spoiled, ruined, destroyed.”  All because of the wickedness of man.

God was brokenhearted.  He wasn’t angry, He was brokenhearted.  It was a hard day for God.

Let me ask you a question:  have you ever created something – an art project, a science project, a drawing, something creative – and someone else, either through an intentional act, or by accident, ruined what you had created?  How did you feel as you looked at your tainted creation?  Did you run to your mom or dad, or to a close friend, for comfort over what was lost?

Well, God had no one to run to, to comfort Him in His loss.

Can you see the broken heart of the Creator of the universe?

One thing you can be certain of: He sees you, and He knows every single time something happens to break your heart.

Dwell on this truth, as you drift off to sleep tonight.

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