Genesis 11 (NLT)
The Tower of Babel
1 At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.
3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”
5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” He said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”
Hmmm, Verse 6 really stopped me in my tracks today:
“Look!” He said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!”
Do we realize the awesome power of unity? And how that power can be for good, but also for bad?
Just think about crowds of township people attacking the foreigners in our country (South Africa) right now. They’re united yes, but not for good.
God has given us so much power and we so often abuse it –
Let make sure we don’t abuse the gifts God has given us.