E100 Reading: Genesis 11:1-9
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 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.
It’s rather amazing to me how much easier the wicked can come into unity to accomplish something, than it is for the righteous. The name Shinar means the city of two rivers. Oh, how effortless the wicked flow together. Could it be, because they desire and speak the same things?
This ancient region spoken of in Genesis 11, is the cradle of mankind after the flood. It is a plain of fertility which lies between two great rivers. It is interesting to note that pride makes its home and builds its empire in the fertile places. Pride speaks one language (it’s all about me or us). But notice that God disrupts pride through the dispersing of diverse tongues, thereby interrupting the progress of evil enterprises.
Yet, God disperses the Gospel with the introduction of diverse and unknown tongues on the day of Pentecost. When our intellect leads, it attracts pride to its throne. But when our heart (spirit) leads it attracts the supernatural power of God and humility to its throne.
The very thing that hindered the progress of evil helped the gospel and carried it across language and geographic barriers throughout the whole world. We as believers, who have become one with Christ, now speak the good news of the Gospel.
Make a decision to speak a different language today at home, at work and everywhere you go. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your conversations and let your light shine in all your communications. Don’t let the divergent rivers of the world draw you into its negative flow.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Pride will always attract God’s attention as it did in Babylon. They got God’s attention but they didn’t get what they expected. Remember God gives grace to the humble and pride goes before destruction. If we don’t choose to humble ourselves, God our Father will help us.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Ask the Father to show you if there’s any towering building projects of pride in your life. With pride there’s usually a lot of negative babble. Remember, God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Humility building projects are foundational to God’s building projects. He came as a humble servant leader, so let’s follow Him today?
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!