Back to the Beginning: Genesis 6

Moving on to Genesis 6.
[Read today’s verses by clicking the link or opening up your Bible.]

In six short chapters, God’s view of the world changed radically…

God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
Genesis 1:31 NASB
The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth,
and He was grieved in His heart.
Genesis 6:6 NASB
The sin and rebellion of Adam and Eve led to increasing corruption and generations of wickedness filled the earth. Every intent of their hearts was evil. And it all grieved God.
According to Merriam-Webster’s, grieve means to suffer, be in distress, be sorrowful. It’s hard to believe we can make the All-Mighty Sovereign Creator suffer, cause His heart to be filled with grief. He was so distressed over the state of mankind He decided to wash it all away. Cleanse the corruption of the earth with a flood.
But there was one bright light among all the darkness on earth: Noah.
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Genesis 6:8 NASB
What made Noah different than all the rest? What caused Noah to be favored by Him?
…Noah walked with God.
Genesis 6:9 NASB
All the rest of the world was doing their own thing.
Following their own hearts, going their own way their way.
Which filled God’s heart with sorrow,
but Noah, he did all that God commanded.
In our everyday ways and our everyday choices, we have the power to bless God by walking with Him or grieve God by doing things our way.
And I wonder… Am I walking with Him? are you?
Walking with God means to allow Him to lead you His Way. We come into relationship with Him through Jesus. We come to know His Word and obey it. We seek Him and spend time with Him in prayer. And we love others as He calls us to, not as we think we should.
Let’s choose this day, and everyday, to walk with God and put down our own way. After all, His way leads to favor and grace. Our way leads to corruption and destruction.
Father God, remind me I have the power to please You or grieve You in Jesus’s name.
Today, I choose to walk with You. Teach me how.
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