January 10
Genesis 6:5-13

Sin makes God very sad

More and more people were being born, and all sorts of evil and violence spread wherever people settled.

When the Lord saw how wicked people had become and how evil their thoughts were, He was sorry He had made them.

However, there was one good man and his family who believed in God. His name was Noah. The Lord was pleased with Noah.

God decided to put an end to all the evil by wiping out the whole human race.

Why do so few believe in God?

Do you sometimes wonder why there is so much violence and hatred in the world? Why does God allow wars, crime, and abuse?

God grieves to see the beautiful world He created messed up by the people He created. His heart breaks to see those who cannot defend themselves being hurt. Yet, just as God gave Adam a choice between doing right and disobeying, God has given every person that same choice.

Since Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, every person in the world has been born in sin. Because we are sinful, we do not have a natural longing to do right and follow after God.

Yet the Lord patiently works in our lives, wanting to change our sinful hearts and make us pure. Even though God touches the heart of every person, some people want to carry on doing evil and they don’t allow God to change their stubborn hearts (John 3:19).

Verse for today

[Jesus said] “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20