Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves Genesis 11:4
who are we living for?
to make a name for ourselves?
or for God?
to build His kingdom?
to serve Him?
how often do we try to build our own lives and towers of security? if we build our own name we will be secure and successful… if we have the best and brightest career we will be happy and satisfied…
where does our security come from? what should the tower in my life be?
Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 61:3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
vision is good. but our vision must be a God vision, to build for Him and to seek Him and to walk with Him. these early people had a united vision – but it was to build for themselves – to build for their fame – to establish their own kingdom.
its times like this we need to read and take note; Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 1 Corinthians 10:6
things in the bible are not isolated reports or testimonies they are lessons for us to learn from.
when reading i am always asking myself 2 questions:
1. how can this be real in my life?
2. what does this reveal about God and who he is to me?
i also believe that as we read the Word that it “gets inside us” and transforms us and strengthens us and guides us. The Word challenges us and challenges us to draw near to God and to walk in his ways. it reveals who God is. it encourages me to trust Him, to believe Him, to have faith in Him. i believe that as we make intentional time to read it that we are blessed, because God rewards those who seek Him and those who obey Him and those who trust Him.
God intervened and stopped the tower from being built in a dramatic way. He scattered the languages which led to the scattering and disunity of the people. it reminds me that God is in control of not just my life but the nations and though the news may paint a world out of control what the reality is that the world needs Jesus and salvation and hope that only God can give. and that God does intervene in global situations. i want to live my life for HIS fame and HIS glory!