What Grieves God
March 24, 2022

Today’s 333 Devotional: “What Grieves God”

Twice in God’s word it says God was grieved or sorry over something He had done.

The first was in Genesis chapter six. When God saw the evil that was in the heart of man, it grieved Him greatly (Genesis 6:6). The result was the flood, where God cleansed the earth and started over with Noah and his family.

The second place is found in 1 Samuel chapter fifteen. God was grieved with King Saul over his failure to completely destroy the Amalekites and their possessions.

“Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, ‘I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king.’” (1 Samuel 15:10-11a)

The common denominator in both stories, and what grieves the heart of God is disobedience to His word.

In the Genesis account we see that it began with the initial sin of Adam and Eve, resulting in humanity’s rebellious heart.

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

Of Saul, the Lord said, “He has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” (1 Samuel 15:11b)

Saul’s argument was that it was better to keep the sacrifice than it was to obey God.

But the prophet Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice … Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23)

Too often we continue to disobey God’s word thinking it’s okay because we go to church and give God our time and offerings. But the Lord is grieved because our hearts are not aligned with His.

Therefore, let’s repent and turn our hearts away from the world and towards God and His word.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

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