1/12 Genesis 11:6-7

6 And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech."

Generations after Noah, mankind gathered to build a tower to reach into the heavens. These towers are called "ziggurats" today and the oldest are dated to this same period. Some believe they were used for astrology, while later ones had temples on top to worship the god of the city. It was man's effort to draw near to God. But we are incapable of drawing near because of our sin nature. After the flood, God promised not to destroy all life again even though man's heart is inclined to evil from his youth (Genesis 8:21). This attempt was a manifestation of that evil heart. God had said to spread out over the earth (Genesis 9:1). The builders said that the height of the tower can be seen from a distance and will keep them together (Genesis 11:4).

The LORD determined to multiply their languages to stop their rebellion. God intervenes in the midst of our rebellion to help us get back on track. The multiple languages caused the people to gather in smaller groups and do what God had originally commanded. This was better for sanitation, for food supply, hindered the spread of disease, and for many other reasons. What we see as a curse is often a blessing in disguise. Of course it would have been easier if they had simply obeyed God in the first place. And so it is with us. What He commands is for our good. We may rebel and face the consequences from which He was trying to save us, or He may intervene with a difficulty that helps us obey. How much better to just obey in the first place!

Prayer: Lord, I know the inclination of my heart is evil, but I desire to do Your will. Thank You for your good instructions. Help me to know them and obey them for my good and Your glory. Amen.