Building Our Own Tower of Babel
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 9-11; Luke 4
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 11:1-9
According to the Bible, after the great flood a unified people who all spoke the same language migrated from the east to a land called Shinar. Once there, the people decided to build a tower that reached to the heavens. The tower of Babel must have been quite a sight. Similar structures built in Babylonia around this time, called ziggurats, were sometimes as high as 300 feet and often just as wide, so the tower of Babel was likely at least this big. In this early period of history with no modern building techniques or equipment, a building of this size would be quite an achievement for humans. While the building of the tower itself was not necessarily sinful, the reason for its construction was. The people wanted to build a monument to themselves, rather than to God. They wanted to show everyone how great they were by building this tower. When God saw this, He realized that this achievement was possible because the people all spoke the same language, so to stop the people from building this tower He confused their language and scattered the people over all the earth. God was not upset by the building itself, but He obviously did not approve of the motives of the people.
Today, we all run the risk of building our own towers of Babel. When we buy a big house, or a new car, or expensive gadgets or clothes, these items themselves are not necessarily sinful. The potential for sin lies in WHY we purchase these things. Do we buy a house simply to provide a place for our family to live, or do we buy a big house because we want to impress others? Any time we try to call attention to ourselves and to our own achievements, we are in essence building a tower of Babel. When we build these towers, they might actually be taking the place of God in our lives. God wants to be first in our lives, and He deserves to be first. Have you built any towers of Babel in your life? Are the monuments you have built designed to give glory to God or to yourself? For many of us, these are difficult questions, but they are questions that we must constantly ask ourselves as we attempt to walk with God. Before you build another tower of Babel in your life, think about how He might view it. When we let the Holy Spirit guide us, we will not have to worry about where He leads.
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