Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:5-8
There is a child’s song with the lyrics “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Grace is best defined as God’s unmerited favor. God loves us and likes us, in spite of us. Something about Noah pleased God. Perhaps it was that God found a man with faith in the midst of a faithless and callous generation. Jesus warned that the last days of mankind would be much like that of the days of Noah. This is a profound warning for our generation.
Do I grieve the heart of the God who made me? Has my heart, mind and soul been transformed so that the intent of the thoughts of my heart are not longer evil continually? Yes. God is doing and has done a work in me. This is redemption at work.
God, I want to be like Noah who found favor and grace in your eyes. Forgive my trespasses and draw me near. Speak to me, even as You did to your servant Noah. Appoint great purposes for my life.