As a race, we never seem to fathom that we are not God. We always want to control the circumstances and environment in which we live. Control, being the world’s greatest illusion, is the one thing we will never secure. The people of Shinar were convinced that they could prove they were as smart and powerful as God. Sadly, They were close! But God knew that their drive to gain control would ultimately end in Chaos and destruction. God spread them out and confused the languages—Wow, what a strange day that must have been.
Not much has changed. Today, our Tower of Babel is as large as a space station or as small as a strand of DNA. We are looking for ways to control our circumstances and environment through technology and the system. Yet, even though we can see things so small that they would never be found by the naked eye and see distant galaxies, we cannot see that we continue to move toward financial, environmental, medical and institutional chaos.
If we would simply surrender to the will of God. If we would allow him to lead and look to him for freedom and provision, then we would know why men cannot ever be God. It has not worked throughout history and it never will. Help me, Lord, to surrender to the fact that we were never able to grasp control of our lives or our world.
God Bless You
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. 4 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.”
5 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.