Is God Pleased?

Genesis 6:1-8
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The scripture that stuck out most to me after reading this was verse 6.

And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth and He was grieved in His heart.

What would make the Lord feel this way? Did humanity ever stop to think that God could be grieved. Have we taken the time to think about how our thoughts, actions, and intentions would make God feel? God saw that “every intent of the thoughts of’ man’s ” heart was only evil continually.”

Did you read that?

It says “every intent” not some or a few. Nor did it say that he seldom had evil intentions. We have to realize that God wasn’t simply looking at the thoughts that all of humanity were having. He was looking at the intentions that motivated the thoughts, the reasons why we do things.

Could you imagine what it would be like to hear all of the thoughts of humanity and see the intentions of each one of them? WHen He looked, He saw that every intention from the good to the bad thought, was evil. THis reality broke God’s heart. It grieved Him.

Why do we do the things that we do? Why do we think the thoughts that we think. Unless we investigate and dig deep, we won’t know. We will think that we are doing and thinking out of a pure heart. Yet, if God were to inspect our thoughts, take a snapshot of them and show it to us, what would we see?

We have to ask God to search our hearts & examine out thoughts. We have to put all evil away from us. Still, even then, we have to pray and ask God to deal with our intentions. ANy request that we make for God to deal with our heart, intentions, and thoughts, would please Him and He would be honored to do it. Fr this is our secret life. THe life that only He sees. THe life that sometimes, most of the times, we don’t even realize is so evil and tainted. He longs to help us with this and to fix it.

Actions and words please man, but thoughts, meditations, and intentions of the heart and mind please God.He cares about our actions, but our secret or inner life is important to Him as well.

With this knowledge of how our thoughts and intentions can cause God to feel, we can pray…

Father God, I long to please You and to bring You joy. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You. As You look upon my thoughts and intentions, help me Lord. Help me to have good intentions and not evil ones. Let the thoughts that I have become pleasing to you, Lord. For I wish to please You and not to grieve You. Help me also to realize that you are a God that feels. My actions can bring You pleasure, joy, grief, or sorrow.

In Jesus’ name, I trust You with this, Lord.

~Amen

 

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