“The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
– Genesis 6:5-8 NIV
Admittedly, one of the less cheery verses in the Bible. This is part of the intro to the account of Noah and the flood in the Bible. The reason for the flood? Sin. Yes, Noah was a sinner too, but He acknowledged and trusted God to save him. It may not be comfortable, but for a minute I’d like to talk about your sin, and mine. Most of the time when we do something we know is wrong, we worry most about getting caught. Second to our concern for ourselves, we then worry about how our actions might affect those around us. That’s a sign that our conscience is working properly. But how often do we consider the fact that our sin causes God to grieve? Our sin is first and foremost a sin against God. He created us to be in a peaceful, loving relationship with Him, but sin causes us to think first of ourselves and our own wants and needs. Sin is serious. Thankfully, God directed His grief and pain toward His perfect, sinless Son, Jesus, who disposed of our sins on the cross. Noah trusted in God and God delivered him from the destruction of the flood. Through faith in Jesus as our Savior, God delivers us from the eternal consequence of our sin, and gives us eternal life. Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, we are forgiven. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we are free to live lives that acknowledge and glorify our Creator. As the water of the flood lifted the ark above the devastation and death below, so the water of baptism lifts us up from the death of sin to live lives that please the one who made us and saved us.