Where is our hope?
We learn from the story of Noah that wiping out the human race (with the exception of Noah and his family) did not fix the problem that brought the flood. On board the ark with Noah and the animals was sin. It isn’t humanity that is the problem, but the sinful heart of humanity. That cannot be overcome with a fresh start.
And yet, despite the wickedness of man’s heart that still exists, these verses give us hope in the form of a promise, a promise to never again destroy the earth and all flesh by the waters of a flood. These verses show us the beauty, scope, and means of this hope.