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 eivl all the time. 6The Lord was grieved that he had mad man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyse of the Lord. ~Genesis 6:5-8
I feel like there is so much going on in this verse that it is slightly overwhelming to fathom how much God loves us. As a child, I am sure that I dissapointed my mother on an occaision or two; however, I am confident that it has never been to the point that she would want me out of her life. On that same note, I remember feeling so sad that I had lost favor in her eyes. I remember wanting to be better and wanting to do things so as not to dissapoint her. My mother, against all odds, took great care of me and made sacrifices for all of her children. Dissapionting her and realizing it, was painful for me as well.
Can you imagine, dissapionting your mom or someone who meant a great deal to you and not even caring about it, doing the same thing over and over again that hurts them without an ounce of remorse or shame? I believe that is how the people behaved towards God. They did not even give a single thought to God; therfore, He was hurt and dissapointed that man had tossed Him aside. He was through with us and with a bleeding heart wanted to destroy everything assocaited with us. But there was one ...
One person was all it took to save humanity, a regular person like you and me. God saved us because Noah was faithful to Him. Noah did not forget Him. One person ... I can't help but wonder if God remembered Noah when he decided to send Jesus to save us, yet again. I can't help but wonder if He remembered that because of one person, I saved mankind, so now I will send the ultimate person that will be able to save mankind over and over and over again.
It really only takes one person to make miraculous changes. I would like to remember that when I am feeling defeated as though I cannot go on anymore. I would like to remember the power that one person can have through God when I am tired of the daily grind or when I do not have the energy to keep on trying to do the right thing. I would like to remember how one person saved mankind by being faithful when the last thing I want to do is forgive, love my neighbor or any of the Christ stuff.
One person is all it takes and, on any given day, any one of us can be that one person.
God is mighty indeed!