The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD . GENESIS 6:5- 8
He started over. With Noah. And He promised He would never flood the world again. But why?
We’re a hot mess down here. Turn on the news and hear about every bad thing happening. Worldwide. CNN hones in on one story and runs with it for weeks. Ferguson. Tragic Ferguson. A step father lashes out in passionate anger. Riots.
In South Florida over the last 2 days we’ve had not 1, but 2 men go madly rampaging through the cities killing people in passionate anger.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A true statement for many people who know and don’t know Jesus. But it’s also the most stressful time of the year for those who know and don’t know Jesus. There’s pressure to buy, pressure to smile, pressure to pretend life is good.
And God is with us. His heart breaks with ours.
“The tears of God are the meaning of history,” writes American philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff. When sin effectively ended our time with God in the garden, God could have effectively ended all time in the world.
But history and time still unfold – gifts – because God chooses tears.
The flood was the flood of God’s grief, and the essence of time is the tears of God.
Time only continues on in this impossibly suffering world because God Himself is willing to keep suffering the impossible with us.
While other creeds endeavor to get us out of the world and into heaven, in Christianity, heaven comes down and Christ comes into the world to get us. To suffer with us. We find favor — only because Christ feels pain.
Exerpt from The Greatest Gift
We are not alone in this suffering. God is with us. God is for us. His mercies are new every morning. He is coming. Hope is coming.