The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. – Genesis 6:5-6 (ESV)
What a terribly sad statement this is. Yet, this is the reality of sin. Yes, this passage displays very clearly the tragic consequence of our fallen nature. It’s like I said in my post yesterday, we can not seek God of our own accord because every single one of us from birth values self more than God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23. The fact that we can’t do it on our own is demonstrated over and over throughout the Old Testament. That is why we need Jesus! As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, Jesus is God’s “yes” to humanity. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8. His death paid the debt that we incurred because of sin.
So, let us always view our sinful nature in light of the tragic words above. For, if we do not we will never understand our need for Jesus. And, until we understand our need for Jesus, we will never truly value what He has done. You see, following Jesus begins with treasuring Him in our heart, thus treasuring Jesus is the root of salvation.
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)