Through God’s Eyes
And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them.”
When God first looked down on the new world He’d created in Genesis 1, He said, “It is good!” But here in Genesis 6, He effectively looks down at the very same world, barely even a generation old, and says, “It is corrupt.” And notice that He uses the word ‘violence’ to sum up the travesty. Even as I sit here to write by a gentle creek on a beautiful, sunny day, I see acts of violence all around me. To my right, six carpenter bees are buzzing angrily, wrestling over territory. To my left, remnants of once-strong trees lay dead along the path, felled by heavy storms. Beneath my feet, a fire ant and a black ant just needlessly spat with each other as if one’s name was Hatfield and the other McCoy.
But, friend, the peace of Christ rules our hearts today—not the violence of fallen earth—and if we can learn to see our life through His eyes, we’ll see the good above the conflict.