Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"So that We May Make a Name for Ourselves" - Devotion on Genesis 11

Scripture: Genesis 11:1-4
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

What are you living for? What is your dream? Does it involve you becoming well-known or famous for some skill that you have? Do you want to be respected for your accomplishments?

The people living in the plain of Shinar in Genesis 11 wanted to be famous and respected. They built a city with a tall tower in order to make a name for themselves. They were prideful and were working to gain the admiration of others.

But God didn't see that as a worthy life goal. He had something different in mind for these people living in the plain of Shinar. So, to make them forget their dream of fame and respect, He confused their language. They couldn't cooperate with each other anymore and had to abandon their project.

What does God have planned for you? Is it fame and respect, or is there something more meaningful He wants you to work toward?

Just like the people living in the plain of Shinar, if you are not in God's will, He will not bless you in your work and may even work against you to bring you back to a true sense of purpose.

But if you are living in God's will and working toward something truly worthy, He will bless you, work with you, and help you to accomplish what you've set out to do.

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