Grieve Not the Holy Spirit
The Lord’s deep thoughts and feelings are like precious pearls that must be treasured and guarded whenever and to whomever He is pleased to reveal them. One of such feelings is His grief. It’s a marvel to see that the word ‘grief’ in regards to the Lord’s Spirit appears just once in the whole of the New Testament and only three times in the old, as though He was trying not to draw attention to His deep feelings, except to those who are really truly seeking after His heart. Friend, our Creator equally has a heart and experiences joy, pleasure, sorrow, hurt, grief, anger, displeasure in depths we may never fully comprehend on this side of eternity. We also experience these emotions simply because we are created in His image and His likeness. I believe that is one reason why Heaven will be such an awesome surprise because it would transcend every description we have ever received about it. It will be love, peace and joy indescribable!
This word as used in Genesis 6:5-7 simply means worry, pain, anger, displease, hurt, make sorry, vex. Scriptures declare that God is mindful about man (Psalm 8:4). That is to say if God were human His waking thoughts would be about man: man’s welfare, happiness, fulfillment and eternal destiny. Thus, whenever the man for whom He’s mindful chooses to live wickedly before Him despite the outpouring of His grace and open display of His love, God in Heaven wrestles with the thoughts of hurt, displeasure, anger and pain that has been carved upon the walls of His heart. Friend, this is real! We have the testimony of scriptures concerning it. This was the scenario in Genesis 6:6(KJV) when God saw the wickedness of man “it repented God that He made man on the earth and it grieved Him at His heart”. The word ‘repented’ as used here also means to sigh, to breath strongly, to pity, to avenge, console or rue. Could this be what God feels when He looks at this present generation? Friend, the God we serve loves us with a passion that is difficult to describe and the greatest disservice we could ever do in our relationship with Him is to grieve Him. Sadly scriptures prophesy that in the last day’s wickedness shall increase (2 Timothy 3:2) causing deep grief to the Lord and it has already begun! Our part as those who have this truth revealed to us is to love and seek Him with all our hearts, our strength, and be committed to doing only those things that will please Him (Hebrews 13:16). Peradventure you’ve grieved Him already, seek and receive His mercy today. Now that we have received this pearl of understanding, like Mary we must treasure it, and like Noah and Joseph we must determine to stand out for God in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. The strength to do this is abundantly poured out upon you in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.