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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Don't Grieve the Lord

"And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on earth, and He was grieved in His heart" (Genesis 6:6)

When I read that verse in my quiet time, I had to go back and read it again. As I read that the Lord was SORRY that He had made man, it just pulled at my heart. God was grieved over the state of man. The Word of God is perfectly clear here. God was disappointed in His creation... big time disappointed. He actually regretted the fact that He had even created man. Wow.

If God was sorry then for creating mankind, what do you think must be going through His mind right about now. Can you just imagine what God must think when He looks down upon His creation? I think about how sad it made me when my children were little and they were disobedient. I can only think that the state of our world leaves God more than just a little saddened. Probably devastated is more like it.

He who created us in His very own image. He who created us to worship Him. He who created us to become His righteousness. He who looks down to see His children imitating Christ. Instead He sees:

Confusion
Chaos
Evil
Corruption
War
Hatred
Apathy
Idolatry
Worldliness
Selfishness

The list could go on and on which is a sad and frightening thing. We as a world have become so callous and hard that God's grace is having a difficult time penetrating through the tough exterior of our lives.

People don't want to hear about Christ. People don't want to hear the Truth. People don't think they need Jesus. People just don't care.

Truth is, God gave us everything we will ever need when He gave us Jesus. When we have a relationship with Christ, there is nothing else that matters. We don't have to worry about anything else. He will provide for our needs. He will give us strength. He will give us comfort. He will cradle us in His arms and never let us go.

Instead of looking to Him for our satisfaction and our needs, we have chosen to look to the world to fill that empty place and deep longing we have in our hearts to be filled with something.

When we fill that emptiness with things that have nothing to do with Christ, we are on the road to disappointment, loneliness, sadness, despair and total dissatisfaction.

We just need to turn our eyes and our focus to Jesus. Freely given for us to receive. Freely given for us to accept. Freely given for us to embrace. Freely given that we might have eternal life. Freely given so that all else pales in comparison. Freely given by the power of God.

He is all we need.
He is our everything.
He is God's testimony of Himself.

"For I determined no to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (I Corinthians 2:2)

Oh precious Father, I pray that we will take a look at our lives and determine to cling to those things that are of You and that we will flee from those things that are of the world. Help us to fashion ourselves in the image of Christ. Help us to be pleasing to You.


Beth

13 comments:

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Friend,
I pray it was blessed with special times of making memories with friends and family.
God's richest blessings to you,
Cindy

TRUTH SHARER said...

Last night we had a challenging question posed to us. Are you ready? Not just ready for heaven - BUT - ready to lay down your life for Jesus in your daily living. Your post reminds me of much of our discussion as we looked at the world - even the church - who really don't live like they have laid down their lives as 'living sacrifices' for Him.

I desire to reflect on this question in my own life. How much of my life belongs [really belongs] to Jesus? And how much to I hoard for myself? Jesus encourages us to 'leave it all and follow Me.' That's radical faith. Am I willing? Does my life portray that commitment?

Thought provoking post. Thanks for sharing.

And if it really IS your Birthday today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sweet Sister! Many blessings to come!
Choosing JOY,
Stephanie
[JESUS - the One I Worship]

Yolanda said...

I think about how in both of my studies the past couple of days is about acting on God and His memories intead of my past. Choosing that act of obedience...action.

Thank you Beth for causing my heart to pause and ponder on this for a Monday morning.

Love to you!

Yolanda

Irritable Mother said...

Ah, yes. I am reading in Judges right now and am a little disgusted with the Israelites. They went through so much with God as He led them to the promised land, and all He asked was that they obey Him and remain faithful.
But they turned away and worshipped other gods. So God handed them over to slavery, and they were miserable so they cried out to God for help. He raised up a judge who saved them and all was well.
Until they did evil in the eyes of the LORD again and the whole scene started again.
I'm thinking, How did God put up with these people???
And then I considered how similar this world is to the one then...

I believe His grace is BIG enough. But I don't want to greive Him!!!

Jensmere said...

What a challenging post! so true and so sad that our world has rejected the Creator in favor of pleasure and self-satisfaction.

We must remember that He always stands ready to forgive, and receive us all back to his loving arms...

Bless you, Beth,
Susan

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My heart grieves with you and with God. I so want to be worthy of his love; I realize there is nothing I could "do" to warrant his affection, but I endeavor to try. I don't want to add to his sorrow over his creation. I want to be a "life"... a moment ... when he sits back and has pause for some joy.

May we all bring him joy via our hearts and lives this day!

peace~elaine

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My heart grieves with you and with God. I so want to be worthy of his love; I realize there is nothing I could "do" to warrant his affection, but I endeavor to try. I don't want to add to his sorrow over his creation. I want to be a "life"... a moment ... when he sits back and has pause for some joy.

May we all bring him joy via our hearts and lives this day!

peace~elaine

Sarah Dawn said...

May His grace always penetrate my heart, cutting through any hardness and junk that lies hidden from my view. Oh sweet one, you bless me, with your words, your heart, your passion for our Lord.

Thank you for splashing me today with your kind comment. For His glory, I share, I'm not a writer, I only type my journal entries, my time with Him, just a broken pot. Oh the joy to let His light seep through my cracks.

Hugs for your day,
Sarah Dawn

Alleluiabelle said...

My Precious Friend,

It's late and I wanted to stop in to say hello before we leave for Burlington, VT. for Ron's heart cath. We will be heading out around 2:30 in the afternoon and then his heart cath on Wednesday.

Thank you for your prayers, support and friendship. I taped myself yesterday and posted it on my site. I wanted to thank every one and also to let you and others connect my face with my voice.

I just wanted to poke my head in and say thank you and I love you.

Peace, Hugs and Blessings,
Alleluiabelle

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Hi and thanks for the lovely comments on my blog post! I am so pleased to have discovered your blog also and the love you have for our Lord. What a beautiful family you have!
Love Collette xxx

Lisa said...

This post goes right along with the verse I am memorizing for LPM.
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" Colossians 3:2
Through the battle for our minds, Satan often will do his best to imprison us. But through the blood of Christ we must remember we have been set FREE! We are victorious
Blessings ~ Lisa

LisaShaw said...

I stand in agreement with your prayer and your thoughts here Beth. I have often wondered what God must think of everything now...

much for us to ponder and PRAY about and take action on...

Love you.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Wonderful post Beth!