If you were a CEO, would you hire those who are goal-oriented, ambitious, hard-working, and who make definite progress toward their goals? The people described in Genesis 11:1-9 were like that. They had big plans, they were dreamers and doers, they were movers and shakers, highly-motivated, industrious. They knew how to make things happen.
Only one problem: God was not pleased.
Opposed by God
They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city . . .” (v. 4). God said, “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language . . .” (v. 7).
They said, “. . . let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth” (v. 4). “So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth . . .” (v. 8).
Verse 4 says, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city . . . .” Verse 8 says, “. . . and they stopped building the city.”
“Man proposes, but God disposes” (Thomas à Kempis)
Why did God bring their building project to a grinding halt? They had said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth” (v. 4).
“. . . for ourselves . . . for ourselves . . . .”
Today we know far more than the Babelites about how to get things done. If we have their attitude, can we expect God’s blessing?
“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled . . .” (Matthew 23:12).
Ultimately, all human efforts apart from God will fail (Psalm 127:1; James 4:13-17).
Who always has the last word?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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