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Confusion

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

~~ Genesis 11:1-9 (KJV).

Why was the building of the Tower of Babel so displeasing to God?

The people’s stated aim was to build a tower that reached heaven so they could make a name for themselves. The tower was built to further man’s designs and feed his ego — not to get closer to God. In effect man decided to put himself above God.

We still have this problem today. Secular humanism seeks to make man the measure of all things — and a relative measure at that.

Without acknowledging God’s sovereignty, man has no absolute standard for morals, ethics or behavior. We live in a society that accommodates an “it’s okay for you, but it’s not right for me” attitude. This effectively lets each man decide right and wrong for himself without any other basis.

I believe it was this arrogant attitude that sparked God’s displeasure.

We seem to be prideful when we have no reason to be proud. After all, everything is the Lord’s. That includes us when we choose to follow Him.

Father, God,

Help us to be ever mindful that our relationship with You is the most important thing in our lives. Keep us, we pray, from arrogant pride.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen

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The Answer

2 Chronicles 7:14    If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Our world is irretrievably broken. There are tragedies galore in the news daily. Murder, rape, robbery, theft, embezzlement, sexual sin, you name it.  Today we learned that the mother of the youngest victim of the Aurora shooting lost the child she was carrying due to complications from her own injuries. Two children murdered at one event.

We live in a world where terrorist seem to rule – both in our land and in others. Prayer seems to be the only solace. But let’s look at this verse carefully.

He says “my people who are called by my name.”  That means Christians must pray, must intercede for this nation — on their knees — incessantly.  We cannot have the arrogant attitude that this state of affairs is the fault of those who are not Christian.  It is up to us to pray without ceasing, humbly, on our knees.

But we must seek God’s face, not his munificent hand. We are not to ask for his intervention. We are to ask for him, to be closer to him, to see his face, to see him instead of the circumstances.

When we put him first, he will hear and heal the land. He said it. We can count on it.

Father, God,

Help us to put away our arrogant sense of entitlement. Grant us the humility to seek you and you alone in adversity. Keep us faithful in prayer for our land.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

Echoes Of Eden

Focus verses: Job 34:1-4

The words of Elihu struck as arrogant. The younger man is presuming to teach his elders. And he ends with “Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.”

So here we have a young man determining what is good, and by inference what is evil. It seemed to me an echo of the conversation in the Garden of Eden between Satan and Eve. “You will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Man’s intellect falls short of understanding God. He is too big for us to wrap our tiny little minds around. We cannot see the eternal ramifications of our actions. God has no such limitations. We are better served to listen to His teachings on good and evil rather than to make up our own minds on a case by case basis.

My grandmother used to say “when God wants to let you know how small you are, He gives you your own way.” The implication being that He also lets you reap the fuit of your selfishness – because most of our desires are naturally selfish.

God has a plan for each of us. We are well advised to ask Him for the itinerary of our lives.

Father, God,

Help us not to be so caught up with our own thinking that we have no room to listen to You. Keep us seeking You and Your will first in our lives that we might know what You say is good and do it.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.

Relative or Absolute

Focus verses: Genesis 11:1-9.

Why was the building of the Tower of Babel so displeasing to God?

The people’s stated aim was to build a tower that reached heaven so they could make a name for themselves. The tower was built to further man’s designs and feed his ego — not to get closer to God. In effect man decided to put himself above God.

We still have this problem today. Secular humanism seeks to make man the measure of all things — and a relative measure at that.

Without acknowledging God’s sovereignty, man has no absolute standard for morals, ethics or behavior. We live in a society that accommodates an “it’s okay for you, but it’s not right for me” attitude. This effectively lets each man decide right and wrong for himself without any other basis.

I believe it was this arrogant attitude that sparked God’s displeasure.

We seem to be prideful when we have no reason to be proud. After all, everything is the Lord’s. That includes us when we choose to follow Him.

Father, God,

Help us to be ever mindful that our relationship with You is the most important thing in our lives. Keep us, we pray, from arrogant pride.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen