Genesis 11:1-9 – “Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. 2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 4 They 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.” 5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. 7 “Come, let Us go down, and there confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.” NASB
The ideology or desire on the part of man to become the center of his universe and dethrone God was not new to Nimrod and the people in Babel it actually began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Isaiah identifies that it went much farther back when Lucifer was one of God’s Archangels and rebelled against THE MOST HIGH!
He decided to attempt to dethrone God and convinced one-third of the angelic creation to go along with him. He convinced Adam and Eve that God was hiding something good from them. He suggested that if they voted God out of office and became the center of their universe, all would be wonderful.
It cost them the Garden and introduced death to the race. Here in Babel, the attempt to virtually dethrone God and elevate man to a place that God will never allow brought about the inability to communicate, the various languages, and ethnicities that were scattered across the globe. It has been the source of incredible confrontations and complications in man’s ability to live with man on planet earth.
Sadly, on a smaller scale, many do the same thing in their personal lives by ignoring the clear directives of both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. We refuse to forgive and thereby close the door to forgiveness for ourselves. We alienate other humans who could be useful in our journey. We bring injury to them, and our bitterness results in others being defiled and their spirits marred.
I fully believe that God is sovereign, but that does not negate His directive for me to go into all the world and preach the gospel and thereby bring the Good News to everyone so that none be lost. Sadly, we have difficulty communicating not just because of differences in spoken languages or dialects but in differences in beliefs we do not all speak the same language, either naturally or spiritually.
I have found in my opportunities to minister around this nation and world that as I carefully examine my heart to be sure that God is supreme in my heart, mind, life, and thinking, He has used some unique ways to help me communicate to others. God’s Love is a language that is universally understood even when our words are not. The Holy Spirit’s drawing power is universally felt even when our words fall short of an explanation. It is when we allow something to dethrone God in our lives that we find the confusion sets in, and in that state, we are unable to communicate and cooperate with our fellow human travelers through this thing we call life.
May God be with you as you go through your day!