“And the Lord was sorry…”
The wickedness of mankind during Noah’s time was so great that God “repented” or changed his mind about having created the human race. This race that was made in God’s image was now totally depraved and evil.
If God would take (and He does) a deep, probing look inside our hearts, would he be ashamed by what he sees? As Christians, we were created twice by God, therefore greater is our responsibility and accountability.
“But Noah found favor…”
The times in which we live today are remarkably similar to the times of Noah. In fact, the Bible predicts that the return of the Lord will be in a future time “just as in the days of Noah…” (Matt. 24:37). This time may be closer than we imagine if we judge by the moral decay and ever-growing wickedness of our present society.
Nevertheless, our God will visit his people and impart abundant, overflowing grace, even amid calamity and disgrace. Just as Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord, we can receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
Are you going through a tough time? Do not despair. I have been there, and I know firsthand how sweet and timely God’s grace is. Better yet is the fact that Jesus knows exactly how you feel because, “he is a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity” (Isa. 53:3).
We can live in grace because in Jesus we are more than conquerors.