Who is God?
He sees wickedness, and the thoughts and intentions that fuel it.
His response to great wickedness is to grieve and even regret His own creation.
In His sorrow, He blots out life that refuses to honor him.
He extends favor to the one who is righteous, blameless and walks with Him.
His sight determines the standard of what is corrupt.
His response to unrelenting corruption and violence, is to "determine," and "destroy."
He invites us to build a place of redemption in the midst of judgement.
If we agree to His plan of salvation, he invites us in, and establishes covenant with us.
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. ...Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.
Father, reading your word is heartbreaking because I see my heart in it. Forgive me for any way that I bring your grief and regret. You have every right to blot out my life and to say, "I have determined. I will destroy."
Yet you offer redemption instead of judgment.
So I run to you. Only in you do I find favor, covenant and salvation. Allow me to come in. Your son is righteous and blameless and has made a way for my salvation.