Making God sad and to suffer and be sorry

The King James Version of Genesis 6:5-6 reads “And God 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. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” The New Living Translation explicitly render these verse as God observed and saw the extent of human wickedness, which was consistently and totally evil and so the Lord was sorry to he had made man and his heart was broken.”

The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary gives the two meanings of the word “grieve” . One is to cause someone to be unhappy or sad, and the other is to cause someone to suffer. Sin entered into this world with the disobedience of one man, Adam (Romans 5:12), and like a gangrene infected the whole human race with immense wickedness – so much so, that it caused the Lord to be sad (in his heart), and to suffer and making him sorry that he had even made man.

It is important to note that God ‘saw‘ the rampant wickedness on the earth. He saw not just the actions of man, but their very thoughts; and every imagination of the thoughts of the heart of man was continually evil. The Bible counsels us to guard our hearts for out of the heart comes the springs (the issues) of life (Proverbs 4:23). The Bible also counsels us that out of the heart comes the evil things which defile a man. These include evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness (Mark 7:20-23). The willful disobedience of man which defiles man makes God grieve – so much so that God is sorry for having made man.

Points to ponder:
Jesus said that “As in the days of Noah (Noe) so shall the days before his coming be.” (Matthew 24:37). While this statement of Jesus indicates the suddenness of his coming, it also is reflective of the sinful and sad state that the world will be in before his coming. Unfortunately, it does not take much to look around and see that the world is rife with wickedness and evil; filled with evil thoughts, adulteries (sexual immorality and idolatory), murders (anger), thefts (withholding of tithes, time and talent), covetousness (greed), deceit, lustful desires (such as pornography, sodomy (homosexuality)), envy (jealousy), slander (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God by rejecting the Lordship of God’s only son, Jesus), pride (trying to be like gods), and foolishness (denying the existence of God). One or more of these sins may be the poison that defiles our own life. Let each of us, take stock to determine, what’s your poison?  If we don’t guard our hearts with the breastplate of righteousness (found in Jesus Christ alone), and if we don’t put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), we can be beguiled and ensnared by the wiles of the devil, and sin against God. Our sinfulness and wickedness makes God, not just sad, but also causes him to suffer and be sorry for having knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Let us love God with all our heart, so that we don’t grieve the Lord; i.e.,  we don’t make God sad, to suffer or be sorry!

Genesis 6:5-6 (KJV)
5 And God 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.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Matthew 24:37-39 (KJV)
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The Armor David Wore :: Breastplate of Righteousness

The Bible records that David, the shepherd boy chose not to wear the armor of a soldier, that King Saul armed him with, when he averred to fight the giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:38-39). But David did wear another kind of armor, an armor that was more effective than the physical armor that he chose not to wear, against an armored foe. It was a spiritual armor that He wore.

A breastplate guards for the most part the main and important organs in a human body. One of the vital organs is the heart. When the heart stops beating, one no longer lives. David was known to be a man after God’s own heart. In other words, he guarded his heart so that his life was one that was pleasing to God. The Bible tells us that out of the heart comes the issues (wellspring) of life (Proverbs 4:23) and at the same time, out of it comes the things that defile a man (Matthew 15:19-20). At the time of the battle with Goliath, David wore the breastplate of righteousness, standing strong with an emboldened heart that did not fail in fear, for He trusted in the One called The RIGHTEOUS (Jeremiah 23:6). The Lord is my Righteousness (Romans 3:22).

We must also recognize that the man whose heart was after God’s own heart, at a later stage in his life, lets his guard down, when he lets his heart wander away from God. In other words, the moment when David took off his breastplate of righteousness as he saw Bathsheba, he faltered and fell into the sin of adultery and murder. Like Samson, the man who fought the lion in the fields, now could not fight the lust within, because he took off the guard (breastplate) over his heart. He let his heart to be wounded as he grieved over the life of his son, and even worse as he felt that the joy of God’s Salvation could be taken from him (Psalm 51:12).

Let us be fervent in our prayers to be always armed with the breastplate of Righteousness, lest we let our hearts to be pierced.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Seek not … your own

God tells us through His word, the Bible, what we are to seek – Seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and to seek God, his righteousness and meekness (Zephaniah 2:3). He also tells us through His word, the Bible, what we are NOT to seek.

In Numbers 15, the LORD commands Moses to tell his people that they are to make for themselves tassle like reminders to remind themselves of His commandments that they must do, not once but twice (vs 39 and vs 40) and sandwiched in between, He makes an interesting yet profound counsel – to seek not after their own heart or to seek not after their own eyes.

The Bible advises us to keep our heart with diligence (i.e., guard it) for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23) and that the lust of the eyes is of the world and not of God (1 John 2:16). We should be loving the Lord our God with ALL our heart (and with all of our soul, our mind and our strength – Mark 12:30) and our eyes must be fixed on Jesus (looking unto Him) who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). In other words, in filling our heart with the love for God and in fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Son of God, we will be heeding to the LORD’s counsel, which is to seek not after our ‘own’ heart or after our ‘own’ eyes.

Numbers 15: 37-41 (KJV)
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.