Advent Day 4: Grace in Sin's Destruction
"So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."
The wickedness of man is exceedingly great. As we multiplied the earth, we committed every evil act imaginable. God saw that "every intention of the thoughts of [our] heart[s] [were] only evil continually (Genesis 6:5).
Our sin grieved God's heart to unimaginable extremes. As he watched us destroy all that was good in his creation, he decided to cease the destruction once and for all with a flood and begin again.
Man was nothing but evil, but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God's favor was unmerited. We often teach Noah as a great hero of faith to emulate, but scripture did not name him faithful until he trusted God through the flood. God looked at the wickedness on earth and extended his mercy and grace to Noah and his family.
There was always grace in sin's destruction. Even as God planned to destroy the earth, he planned to preserve it. By his grace, he told Noah to build the ark. By his grace, he kept Noah's family and the animals safe and by his grace, he provided for them. By his grace, he remembered them and dried up the land so they could start again.
By his grace, God promised to never destroy the earth by flood again. He set his rainbow in the sky as a sign of this promise, a bow pointing to himself. The next time sin's arrow of destruction flew, it would pierce him on a cross.
We live in a time where the exceeding wickedness of man is evident. Our sin is destroying the earth. But, there is hope. In the destruction, God's grace abounds. He preserves those who trust him and prepares the world for his return-a return that will destroy the pain and destruction of sin forever.
I made this ornament with jewelry pieces. I wrapped beads in wire around a teardrop earring charm to represent the rains of the flood. I added the ark charm and the rainbow charm above it to remind me of God's grace in the destruction of sin.
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