Friday, January 2, 2015

Devotion on Genesis 6 - His Heart was Deeply Troubled

Scripture: Genesis 6:6
The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

Our God is a God of passion. He is a God of emotions. He is not a flat, unfeeling observer. He loves, He gets angry, He grieves, and in Genesis 6:6, we see that the sinfulness of humanity deeply troubled His heart.

What an impact we have on the heart of God! To think that He cares for our affairs and the state of our spirituality so much that we can deeply trouble His heart.

But what I notice here is that God isn't simply deeply troubled in His heart, and then, moves on. He doesn't feel the emotion and then, simply shrug it off or "get over it."

He acts. 

He does something.

When God's heart was deeply troubled, it moved Him to try to correct the situation.

So, the question is, what makes your heart deeply troubled? And what do you do about it? Like God, probably the things that most trouble your heart are the results of sin in the world - children going hungry, people being treated unjustly, people taking advantages unfairly... When your heart is troubled by those things that should not be, what do you do? Do you pretend as if there's nothing you can do about it and move on with your life, or do you take action to correct the situation, like God did?

Injustice deeply troubles God's heart, just as it does ours. And He will not let it stand. He will take action to correct the situation, usually doing so through our actions.

Let the strength of His deep passion move you emotionally, and actively, as together with Him you DO SOMETHING.

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