“The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
– Genesis 6:6, 8 NIV
When you think about God, do you think about Him having feelings? Do you ever consider God being sad, excited, hurt or happy? Do you ever picture God with a smile on His face? Has our only understanding of God been one of Him being angry, fire and brimstone shooting from His nostrils, directing bolts of lightning from heaven ready to exact punishment for everyone that disobeys Him?
This account in Genesis 6:5-8 clearly indicates that God is impacted emotionally by our behavior. God has emotions, which means that God has a soul too. The soul is where we think, feel and reason. This is where the immaterial heart and mind of each man is located. In the garden of Gethsemane, before He was arrested and handed over to be crucified, Jesus even said that His soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.
In the 10th chapter of Hebrews the bible teaches that if a believer shrinks back in their faith, God’s soul would not be pleased with them. Even the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is identified in the book of Ephesians as being grieved when we commit sin. Basically, we break God’s heart when we commit sin. We irritate and frustrate God when we complain, doubt and lack faith, but unlike us, God does not leave us abandoned, strike us down, or treat us as our sins deserve when we behave that way, thanks to Jesus Christ and His death on the cross.
The bible teaches clearly that God knows how we are formed and He remembers that we are dust so He is not caught off guard by what we say and do, but it doesn’t change the fact that it hurts Him too, as it would us, when someone we love behaves in a way that we wouldn’t want them to. What is compelling about this passage found in Genesis 6:5-8, is that even though God was displeased with mankind’s conduct, the bible says that Noah was found with favor in God’s eyes. When God looks down on the earth, does He look with favor upon you? If God wanted to start the human race over, would He begin with you? That is a challenging question for anybody, including me!
The bible teaches in II Chronicles 16:9 that God’s eyes look to and fro throughout the earth to strengthen the hearts and show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are fully committed to Him and I often pray that God would see my faith as He looks over the earth and find favor with me. I believe Noah caught God’s attention, excited God and made Him smile, because Noah invested His life in trying to live for God and please Him. I believe God was pleased and happy with Noah, because Noah’s heart was devoted to God and loyal to living in the way God intended him too. I don’t believe Noah was perfect, but I do believe Noah strived to live as if he was by doing what God wanted him to do.
May God bless you and help you to live in a manner worthy of the gospel and walk worthy in the calling of Jesus Christ to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.