"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 evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that He had made man on earth, and His heart was filled with pain." ~ Gen 6:5-6
That has to be one of the saddest Scriptures written. Can you imagine God Himself having someone write that about Him? It hurts my heart every time I read it. I'm sad that we grieve Him. I'm horrified that we can fill His heart with pain. I'm even more horrified that we do it even after knowing we do. That we'll continue to chose wrong, after He's told us right, and we won't care in the moment of our choosing that it hurts Him. We won't even be thinking about Him in the midst of it, we'll only be thinking of us. Ugh, at the audacity of the creatures He's made! How bold! How thoughtless! How heartless! How in-your-face! I'm so sorry Lord God for all of the times I've grieved You and made you hurt!
One version words it this way, ".. all the thoughts of their heart was bent upon evil at all times." Another, "He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil."
Wow! What do you think about? What does your mind imagine? Where are your heart's thoughts bent to? How often is your thinking of something evil? Who you're mad at? What you're envious of? What you'd like to do that you shouldn't? Etc......
I was watching a movie... and in it, you could stand back and by their faces imagine the thoughts that they were thinking. They weren't good. And then, the vengeance each tried to take on the other. The sex. The lies. The lack of honesty. The lack of loyalty. The lack of integrity. And this wasn't even what we'd consider a bad movie! And sadly, on top of being horrified at all that was going on..... it made me even sadder that we're so very often, if not doing it, being entertained by it! Oh my, at the subtlety and deceitfulness of the enemy. His schemes are covered in such well wrapped deception. Even sometimes when we think we're not doing wrong.... we are. And I wonder (thinking about recently watching TV... and coupling that with the verse I've just read) how often the enemy subtlety plants that evil inclination thinking inside our minds, all the while that we're totally oblivious that it went just as he'd planned it?
I keep thinking that "it's all about the look" (I know I keep posting about it), but it is! Eve ate the fruit after desiring the thing that she was seeing! Cain killed his brother, because of where his face was focused and he didn't bother to change it. We follow where our eyes are fixed. And the enemy is determined to get our eyes to fasten on any wrong he can manage to capture our look on. Whether it's a desire. A lust. A greed. Or a fury. He schemes continually and tries to turn our heads!
"Everything they thought or imagined...."
Be careful on what you allow your heart to turn its look upon.... and NEVER let it stay looked on where it shouldn't!