And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. Genesis 6:6
God is unchangeable. He called His creation of man ‘good’ in the garden but later expressed that he was sorry He made him. Question #1.) Does God change His mind? If so, maybe I should be worried about my sin causing God to change His mind about me.
The expression “I’m sorry!” means several things. I can apologize for doing something I knew was wrong, wish I could take it back and make the choice all over again. But the expression of being sorry can also mean something else. “I’m sorry you have cancer,” doesn’t imply that I did something to cause your cancer. It is an expression of regret that you are hurting.
God is expressing sorrow over the way sin has destroyed the ones He loves.
Question #2.) If God knew people were going to sin and break His heart, why did He go ahead and create them? In His omniscience, He knew this moment was coming.
I think about being a mother. I wanted children. I grew up in the church and knew that babies are born with Adam’s fallen nature. I knew they would disobey, get into trouble, have difficult teen years, but the joy of our potential relationship outweighed the risk.
God knew the ones He created would use their moral choice to sin greatly. Yet, He loved us from before the foundation of the world and considered the relationship He would have with His chosen ones worth it. In advance of our sin, He planned for Jesus to be the Lamb that would be slain to redeem us back to Him. The joy He would experience with us prevailed.
I realize this morning that everything gets back to the cross. God made me. I sinned and He was sorrowful. But He provided Jesus. When I sin, I repent, and the relationship God values is restored.
Your love for me prevails. It prevailed the day Jesus died and it prevails today with unbounding grace. Oh my God, You are a gracious Father. Amen