I have had a profound thought in my advent reading today. 

How far we must have fallen, for God to say in verse 31 of chapter 1 of Genesis, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good,” to chapter 6, where he said “The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.””

How far we had fallen into sin. How far we had come in the human race where God regretted even making us and the world around us. 

Have you ever created something? A quilt, a painting, a song, a poem? Something that you did and did it well? Was there ever a time you regretted making that thing? That which used to bring you joy, then brought you sadness? 

Me either. 

And yet, that’s what happened. God loved us so very much, that when we sinned, he still provided a way for us to escape punishment. In Genesis 6, he provided a way for Noah and his family to survive. But for us, he provides his son. Jesus. 

Is he disappointed when we sin? Yes. But he has already given us a way to remain by his side. All we have to do is accept it.

Maybe that is the reason for Advent.