Genesis 11:1-3 (NIV) – Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
Our greatest desire sometimes is to find commonality with other humans. It makes us feel wanted, needed, accepted. We desire to be known so that we don’t feel so alone. We are, after all, very small beings on a tiny blue planet in the cosmos that continuously sing praises to the Creator. So, what can we do to just get noticed? What great thing will set us apart from the billions of other souls who walk around on this terra ferma called Earth, stuck to it by the gravitational force that cannot even be seen? How will God see us if all we do is just blend in?
For some, they choose a life of destruction, counting themselves completely out of the fold, choosing to disappear from society all together because in their eyes they are worthless. For some, they put themselves on pedestals or allow others to help them step onto the platform, forgetting that the higher you go, the further you fall. That pedestal isn’t so inviting when looking up at it as you turn your head after landing flat on your face on the ground. Right?
Genesis 11:4 (NIV) – 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
We want the world to see us, to know that we are ok, to prove to someone else that we have got it together, to stand above the crowd that rushes around us. Something…surely I can do something…I feel so small today, God. Can you even see me? So we begin to speak the same language as those around us because nothing we do on our own seems good enough.
But God!!! If we band together to the point of forgetting that God alone can make things possible in our lives, then He WILL find a way to thwart our human plans.
Genesis 11:5-9 (NIV) – But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Even our greatest human achievements can be scattered to the four corners when they are used for self-worth and in turn give us our identity. Where does your identity lie today? When you build “monuments” to yourself and not to God, they take HIS place in this world and in your life. Rest in His plan, His timing, and His way. YOU ARE WORTHY!
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) – Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.