Day 5: Divine Despair

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. –Genesis 6:5-6

Read the whole passage in Genesis 6:5-22

We may convince ourselves that our wrongs, our failures, or our sins affect only us, that they don’t hurt anyone else. But they offend God. The Creator, the infinite and eternal being, feels misery at our wickedness. God created humanity to be kind, wise, and good rulers of the earth, to love our neighbors and our God. But too often we hurt rather than heal. We create disunity and strife rather than love and goodness. We use our mouths to gossip rather than defend or encourage. We spend our thoughts on vengeance and greed instead of forgiveness and contentment. But how would our lives and even our world change if God were First if we thought of his love before we swung our fists, waged our wars, or sought our glory, wealth, and comfort? How would our lives change if the concerns of others and the will of God came before our own?

Talk with God
God, teach me to make you my first thought and your love my chief concern.

Live it. How will you live more second today?
Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?

Tweet using #IASdivinedespair to share your thoughts

From the book “Live second 365 ways to make Jesus first”

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