The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth and every inclination of the thoughts of the heart were evil all the time. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth and it grieved Him at His heart.
The Lord regretted He made man. Now, that's a powerful statement. How sad. The same man that he had made in His image and that He said "was good." Man that had delighted His soul.
Adam and I watched the movie "Noah" the other night and it prompted me to go back and study the life of Noah again. I got to this verse this morning and just sat on it. My first thought being, "that's not me." My second thought being, "That could so be me." I know how wicked my heart can be and how fast it can get to a "bad" place.
I know the verses above are extreme circumstances but I still want to try to stay as far away from grieving God as I can. I want God to be ecstatic He made me. I want Him to be greatly pleased when looking at my life. How do I make sure this is the path I'm headed down instead of this wicked path? I believe today I can by the power of God's grace do three things that keep me headed toward the God is glad He made me place. I can:
1) Spend time with Him.
Delighting in His presence, reading His word. Listening to Him, talking to Him, praising Him.
2) Repent often.
When I find myself sinning, no matter how big or small in my eyes, repenting and ask God to forgive me.
3) Walk in Daily Obedience
Asking God to show me how He wants me to spend my time today. Taking one step at a time towards whatever He wants me to do, no matter how hard it may seem.
It says in 2 Chronicles 16:9, "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." I want to be in this category today, fully committed, fixing my gaze on Him.