S (Scripture): Genesis 11:1 All people on the earth had one language and the same words. 2 When they traveled east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them hard.” They used bricks for stones and asphalt for mortar. 4 They said, “Come, let’s build for ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves so that we won’t be dispersed over all the earth.”
5 Then the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the humans built. 6 And the Lord said, “There is now one people and they all have one language. This is what they have begun to do, and now all that they plan to do will be possible for them. 7 Come, let’s go down and mix up their language there so they won’t understand each other’s language.” 8 Then the Lord dispersed them from there over all of the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore, it is named Babel, because there the Lord mixed up the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord dispersed them over all the earth.
O (Observation): Not a punishment, but a correction. What was the motive of the people building the tower? Was it a selfish move? Was it a move to say that they no longer needed God? We’re not quite sure.
I seem to think that the motive of the people must be that they desired to be free of any god…that would not be accountable to anyone but themselves.
God reminds the people that God is God and they are not.
A (Application): What is it like to be on top? (I don’t know, UGA lost the college football playoff last night.)
The lust for power…to be on top…it’s insatiable sometimes. You would do anything – almost anything- to be there. Kind of like building a tower to know God (or to strive to be like God – answering to no one but yourself).
This is not God’s plan for us. We have a God who’s wisdom is beyond our knowing, who desires peace above all, and seeks humility in us.
I’m not saying a losing team is arrogant and needs to be knocked down…I’m just connecting to the drive and desire to be # 1.
Jesus…he always deferred to God’s wisdom; he always deferred to God’s power; he was humble, even amongst his followers.
We have the one who saves us and gives us the example by which to live. Thank God for calling us to follow Jesus, our hope and our peace, our # 1.
P (Prayer): Lord, even as we struggle in our desire to be above the law or All-knowing, keep us humble and honoring you. Amen.