When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,
and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil,
he regretted that he had made man on the earth,
and his heart was grieved. (Gn 6:5-6)
If I have to be honest, I would have to say that this is one of my nightmares: That I hear God from a distance saying, “I regret that I ever made you.” In some of my spiritual struggles, I fear ever hearing that.
What could one do to make God think that or say that? It boggles the mind. Yet, apparently, it can happen.
In the story in Genesis, God looked down on His creation. It had already suffered much from the day when He first made everything. He had seen the sin of Adam and Eve. He saw the murder of Abel. He saw tribes rejecting the law. He saw more than anyone should have to see.
And God finally said, “Enough!” That was the prelude to the flood.
God looked down and focused on Noah. He told Noah that He was going to destroy all living things in a flood and commissioned Noah to build an ark and fill it so that life would be able to continue after being purged.
After the flood, God promised that He would never destroy life by water again. With the shape that our world is in, I wonder if God ever regrets saying that.
Do not make God regret your existence. Rather, make Him smile today.
FAITH ACTION: Do all that you can to live as a faithful servant of God that you may encourage those who may be floundering in their faith.