A Sorry Father

Genesis 6:6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

Our heavenly Father experienced regret. Having spoken to many despondent earthly fathers in the flesh, I can admit, that even I, like they have regrets. Knowing that our Father in heaven had regrets, makes it a lot easier. It is more than just an odd coincidence that the all-knowing, self-sufficient Creator and Sustainer of all life…., had regrets. I take comfort in that.

Didn’t He see it coming? Didn’t He know they would give in to temptation? Was the great I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14) unaware that He was creating potential imperfection? Was God forgetful, missing obvious clues of disobedience? Did He not instruct His children? Was there something wrong in His parenting style? Did God miss some classes in fatherhood? What caused the Perfect One to have imperfect results from seemingly perfect offspring?

God’s offspring gave rise to disobedience, murder, fornication, and the list goes on. The Father was sorry. He was so sorry that He apologized to Himself. There was no one else to whom He could apologize and nothing that could be offered in sacrifice worthy of Himself. So the Father gave Himself, to Himself, in order that He could please Himself. All I have to do now is tell Him, thank You God for saying You are sorry.

That apology comes in recognition of His own sacrifice to Himself, of Himself on the cross. That was the Messiah’s calling. He had to make the only sacrifice worthy of Himself. That sacrifice was Himself.

Your Father is sorry that He made you. But He recognized that His joy would only be returned completely by giving Himself to Himself for you. A sorry Father is pleased when I tell Him; ‘apology accepted’. We can be His pride and joy, if we are remade like Him in Christ. John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, You must be born again.

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: