“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).
“There is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:3; Psalm 53:3; Romans 3:12).
The Lord is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19), nor is He a man that He should only see the external side of one’s heart (Psalm 44:21; Jeremiah 17:10). The Lord saw evil in man’s heart – He saw selfishness, pride, revenge, and destruction. He saw that man would rather act for himself than for others; that he would rather aspire for himself than for the glory of the Most Worthy.
To many, He gave their desires (Psalm 81:12). He allowed them their wish to live apart from Him. After death, they will no more have the God-given blessings of water, sunlight, coolness, and gentle warmth – whose holy source they had spurned. He will leave them to the Hell of their hearts.
But to some, He allowed undeserved blessing. To some selfish hearts, He allowed humility, gentleness, care, and love to enter in (John 6:44; Romans 9:16). He changed the desires of their heart, so that they would love goodness, that they would love Him. Their impetus for self became an impetus for others and for God. His Spirit opened the door to virtue and ideals lost to the natural state of one’s heart, and the lost soul was born again to a new man.
The birth of a baby is a miraculous, mysterious event. The child does not begin its existence. It is formed from the joining of sperm and cell. We no more control our entrance into life than we control our departure. But the baby does initiate its labor from the warmth of his mother’s womb. So it is with the birth of a new soul in God’s family. He creates the new life from the churning of grime of humanity, and this new soul reacts to the indwelling of God by emerging into the world as a shining reflection of His glory.
“There is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11), but “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).