Having known from the beginning that His created humans would be “very good” (Genesis 1:31), the eternal and all-knowing God ALSO knew that He would REGRET creating humans and DESTROY them (Genesis 6:6-9)!! What is the point of creating something you know you will later regret creating?
The answer is illustrated in everyday life. Picture a young couple sometime after the wedding deciding they want to have a baby. They may talk with their parents or read books about raising children. Some may recall what it was like growing up with their parents and talk with older parents. Many couples really think it through. Others make a quick decision. But regardless of the thought process, most couples eventually desire to have a baby. When the baby comes, they are excited. They may pass out cigars, candy or whatever in celebration. Their baby is the best.
Most young parents make this decision knowing that tough years are ahead when their cute baby girl or boy will become a teenager. They have heard their parents talk about the tough times. They have read the books, heard speakers and they experienced it themselves. But they still decide to have children anyway. The years go by – the teenage years arrive and eventually it happens. It is a quick moment in time – a fleeting moment. Almost every parent has experienced it – a momentary wish they had never given birth to that child. They knew the heartache would come, but the pain is worse than they expected.
Everything Was Good
That is similar to what God experienced. But it was different with God in that He completely knew what would happen, including the heart pain He would suffer. Since God knows all things for all time, His statement in Genesis 1:31 is true.
And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (NASB) Genesis 1:31
What He created at that point in time was wonderful. It was pure, holy and perfect.
Grief and Heart Pain
But later as mankind displayed their evil, our holy God still experienced grief when they sinned – sin that He knew would come. It is a mistake to assume that God is cold and without emotion. When parents “let-go” and allow their teenagers to have their “freedom,” they still experience real pain even though they know their child may make some mistakes. It is a mature parent who allows his child to go ahead and make mistakes, but it still hurts. That is what happened in Genesis 6:6,
The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. (NIV) Genesis 6:6
God created us and gave us the choice to go our own way – “to do our own thing.” We sinned and as a good parent, the Father sent Jesus Christ to die in our place so that God could forgive our sins and still be true to His holy character when He did not send to eternal punishment those who accept His gift of salvation.
What’s The Point?
The answer to that question is known only to God. He has not revealed everything to us. Ultimately, we have to agree with the following,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NASB) Isaiah 55:8-9
Now God is looking for his “rebellious young adults” to come back and say, “I need help. Will you forgive me, Daddy?”
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (NASB) Gal. 6:4