Grieved in the Heart
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination (intent) 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 (in) his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
I was 15 years when I was invited to attend a party at my cousin’s house. My parents were out of town and my intentions were pure as I planned to attend. I thought it would be a nice family reunion, a time to hang out and enjoy each other’s company. A friend took me to the party and we were having a good time. We needed some supplies so I went to the store with my cousin and he bought some things for the party. We came back to my cousin’s house just as the grill was fired up and the alcohol bottles were opened.
I was introduced to alcohol that day and I did something I should never have done. I took my first drink and did not stop there. I was not forced to do this, but drank the alcohol of my own free will. It did not take long before I became drunk, and I started uttering foolish things. I stayed at the party late that night until my friend finally took me home. As a result, I got quite sick and felt horrible physically, but I should have also felt horrible spiritually. I thought that would be the end of it until word got around and my sister told me I had to confess to my parents.
It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I was ashamed, embarrassed, and at a loss for words. I imagine, at that point, my parents may have regretted bringing me into the world as they had taught me better than that. I was raised in a godly home and knew better, but in a matter of minutes, reverted to my own desires and lusts. It did not take long for years of biblical teaching to be thrown by the wayside and for me to go headfirst into utter debauchery. My parents had a great testimony in our extended family - one I simply ruined in a matter of hours. I understand the demise of man as I rejected the truth I knew and went my own way.
It took only 1,656 years from the perfect creation of man to God's judgement of mankind's utter evil with a flood. It did not take long for the sins of mankind to grieve God where he was at the point of starting over. Since the creation of man, mankind became quite wicked and filled with his own devices. Mankind sought his own way and did not acknowledge God as every intention was only evil. I think of Romans 3:10-12 which states, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way (turned aside), they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” We tend to compare ourselves with others, but God truly knows the wickedness of our heart.
Where do you stand with God today? Do you realize He knows the true desires and intentions of your heart? Do you harbor evil thoughts or is your desire to please God? Does your life grieve God or is He pleased with your actions? There are no secrets kept from God and He truly knows our motives and our most secret thoughts. He is not fooled by our big leather Bible or our church attendance. May we be like the tree described in Psalms 1 that is rooted in God, so that we are not swayed by the evil of this world. Warren Buffett famously stated, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.“ May we delight in the law of our LORD, and may we abstain from sin.
Stay in the fight!