Genesis: Day 6

The Tower of Babylon

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Today's Text: Genesis 11:1-32

Text: Genesis 11:1-32

A small Italian town called Pisa is known for one thing: a leaning tower.

By the amount of tourists who visit it each year, you’d think people would also be lined up to see my uneven picture frames, wayward laundry piles, and imbalanced packed lunches. But the appeal remains alone with the story of the tower.

From the beginning, Pisa was an overlooked seaport town hoping to wrap its arms around affection and achievement. But 1173 was a good year to be a Pisan; a successful attack on the city of Palermo lead to treasure galore and instant power. The only appropriate way to celebrate was to build, build, build—because now, they could show off! Right away, they began laying the foundation for a cathedral, baptistery, cemetery, and bell tower. Together, the complex would be known as the Field of Miracles.

What came to pass wasn’t the miracle they’d hoped for. Beneath the surface of their constructed celebration, the soil was shifting. Eight stories and a destabilized foundation later, the tower was more than leaning; it was falling about two millimeters per year.

When we pridefully build our own towers on shifting sand, why are we surprised when they lean and fall?

Our sinful selves made our mission clear in the Garden of Eden: we want to gobble glory.

In light of God’s creation of the world, it only makes sense that we’d try to steal the show and make ourselves the stars, engineering structures in the image of our too-tall pride. And so, the Tower of Babylon was built.

“Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
-Genesis 11:4

When I read their repeated use of let us, I can’t help but see the bricks I’ve laid with my own voice, saying, “Let me!”

Let me control the day.
Let me hear the praise.
Let me dethrone you, God, so I can enthrone myself instead.

What the builders of the Tower of Babylon didn’t know is that it, too, was leaning—away from the God who loved them. They’d joined together, speaking the same language with a pride-laced tone at a glory-hungry volume, anxious to remain unified and in control. But God saw the way sin shifted their spirits. He watched as their pride climbed with the height of the newly constructed tower. He noted the unstable foundation and slight tilt, and He was the only one to foresee the impending fall. In His infinite mercy, He confused their language, scattering them all over the earth.

In His infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself.

“Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech. So from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.”
- Genesis 11:7-8

The scatter sets them right-side up to see the City was already being built. He allowed them to lose their homelands so they would find refuge in His. What the builders saw as a separation from their people, God saw as preparation for our separation from sin. He uses the split to propel us toward the unity on the Cross.

If we continue reading in Genesis 11, we see the beginning of this movement: Because of the scatter, Abram’s family moved from Ur to Haran, the place where he would later hear God’s call to pack his bags for the Promised Land.

In His kindness, God divorces us from our desire to be separate from Him and marries our sin to the unity of grace. This is the gospel.

May we lean into the existing tower of the Almighty instead of laying bricks on our own. Amen.

 

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  • Laura Musselman

    It’s funny how pride is so deceptive. We think we know best and that because we know best, our plans will win out. But God rarely let’s that happen-or lets it happen successfully when our endeavors are rooted in pride. When God interrupts are man-made plans and has his way instead, he’s really doing us a favor, as he’s pointing us back to Him. As we refocus our gaze on Him, and off of ourselves, we see our need for Him, and how our ways that are rooted in pride are so much more second-rate than His ways for us that begin in Love. He interrupts prideful ambition to lovingly save us from the destruction that pride always promises.

  • I love how God chose to confuse their language, of all things. He didn’t ruin and/or hide their building materials. He didn’t make the builders ill. He didn’t even change their hearts, considering ‘that every intention of the thoughts of [man’s] heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5)’ anyway. He didn’t obliterate what they’d already began to create. He didn’t make the weather so unbearable as to make them so uncomfortable that they wouldn’t even want to build. He chose to confuse their language & to separate them. This really does speak to the power of language/words & the power of community. God knew that the only way to stop them from ‘making a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4)’ was to make it so that they couldn’t communicate ideas, motives, and/or their purposes with one another. However strange this may be, this made me think of people like Adolf Hitler & Charles Manson. Although they used it for evil, they understood the power of language & the power of community. Charles Manson lived in community with ‘his family’ & I’d have to imagine that Hitler did also. They utilized the power of language to effectively communicate their ideas, motives, and/or purposes to people who choose to believe in them. Imagine if they had lived in isolation and/or didn’t speak the same language as the very people that they manipulated into committing such evil deeds.

  • so powerful and put so simply. love it. thank you Lord for separating us from sin when we are unable.

  • I am a little confused about why this post refers to the tower as Babylon. I can not think of any Biblical reference putting the two together as the same place. Can anyone shed some light on this?

    • Savannah Caudle

      Hey Corey,

      I was a little confused at first but then finally could draw it back to scripture. In the story about the tower of Babylon the people of Babel were striving to reach the heavens to become like god’s, and yearning for praise and glory from others. When God saw what the people were doing he knew that the tower would only bring failure and cause them to stumble in their faith, so he created a language barrier so that they could not go back and continue building the tower.

      This story is a lot like my every day life, I am constantly searching for “praise” in my job, school, friendships, family that I often forget why I am here and who should be getting that praise (God). God sees my struggles and where they root from and has often separated me from those roots, by his mercy, so that I can better hear and praise him.

      I hope this helps you understand this post more!

      Savannah

    • Phylicia

      I found this confusing as well. I don’t know if it is referring to the Tower of Babel as being in the same location as the future Babylon, but I did find a translation which might shed some light on why the author(s) called it the tower of Babylon instead of Babel.
      “They moved to the east and found a broad valley in Babylonia. There they settled down.”
      ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭11:2‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
      http://bible.com/110/gen.11.2.nirv
      Also, the NIV makes a reference to Babylonia. I’m not sure why they would make this confusion and call it Babylon versus the common and biblical Babel.

      Hope that gives some sort of direction!

  • Leanne Holguin

    All things should be for the glory of God…always!

  • Over the last week, two of my three best friends walked away from our relationship. This morning I was struggling to love, wanting instead to run away and never trust anyone again. I was behind in my reading and in catching up I found this. God knew that I was becoming too dependent on people and less on His Holy Strength and love, so “in his infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself.” ❤️ We serve a good, good King ❤️

    • Jazmin Ruiz

      AMEN!

      • Cortsa

        I’ve gone through a break up with friends too, even though I was 38. Bittersweet in a way, but God was so good through it all. Lean into Him!

    • Cortsa

      I’ve gone through a break up with friends too, even though I was 38. Bittersweet in a way, but God was so good through it all. Lean into Him!

  • Kasey Summers

    Being reminded that I’m never in control even when I think I am is something I have to remind myself of often. God Is always in control! And thank the Lord that He is!! He knows exactly what He is doing and we can’t even begin to understand all of His ways because they are so much higher than ours!!

  • I love seeing the names I recognize in the genealogy. The pathway to Christ gets clearer and clearer. I love reading along Genesis and getting closer to God’s promise.

  • Amen!

  • Whilst reflecting on this passage, I couldn’t help but remember the song that I was taught in Bible school when I was little. “The wise man builds his house upon the rock…and the rain came tumbling down…and the wise man’s house stood firm; The foolish man builds his house upon the sand…and the foolish man’s house went splat.” Now in my 20s this can still be a good reminder that if we give ourselves to God and let Him take control, blessings will fall upon us and we will live a righteous life. We should try not to be prideful people like those building the tower of Babylon or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We should be like the wise man and like the end of children’s song says “build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ and the blessings will come down.”

  • “In His infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself.”

    I love this statement because God has worked this truth in my life. He had to use some pretty tough circumstances to separate me from people and situations that were leading me away from Him. Even though there was pain, I am so thankful for His love and mercy towards me. He drew me to Himself and made me new.

    • Catalina

      I love that sentence as well. I never saw it that way. But it is very beautiful how God saves us from ourselves even though in the moment we think it’s the worst thing to happen to us.

  • So beautifully written — and I love the new (for me) insight about God’s grace and mercy, rather than man’s pride and folly, which often is what is highlighted in this Genesis story.

    I’m new to Shereadstruth, using the app…is there a way that I can bookmark this?

  • Thanks to God and all of you! It is so uplifting to see everyone sharing.

  • Love the insight to what seemed before to me like a simple bible story – thank you so much and blessings to all the women alongside me doing this study!

  • Forgive me if this question has been answered: I looked through the previous comments and didn’t see it addressed. Isn’t the tower called the Tower of Babel, and not the Tower of Babylon? Can you help me understand the different name here?

    I loved your insight and the note about Abram’s family moving to Haran. Thanks!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Ari! Great question. It’s referred to as both, and could vary depending on the Bible translation. I hope this helps!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Christine

    It was an astounding moment for me, when I moved internationally and learned enough of the local language to understand a little of what those around me were saying to grasp the significance of God confusing language. My simple knowledge of Arabic showed me just how much everyone around me was saying the same things that I did with different sounds. I learned to reorder my English to make it understandable to those who spoke it as a second language.

    One day I was having an interesting conversation with a friend who remarked that with the globalization of the world and the loss of many tribal languages we are beginning to see a reversal of the Tower of Babel. Certainly there is a long way to go but it is a beautiful picture of God drawing His people together in unity, towards Him and towards each other.

  • Reading this today, I couldn’t help but think, “Do I *only* turn to God when my tower crumbles?” Now, this question does not mean that I am not walking with Him and talking with Him along the way. There have been many times in my life that I have been praying my heart out, only to have my tower crumble. Does this mean that each time a “tower” in my life crumbles that I was attempting to build *my* own name? (“Tower” meaning anything I have sought to build or grow in my life with good intentions.) Or could the tower have crumbled for other reasons, outside of myself?
    As I dig into this answer today, I can say that each time a tower has fallen I have spent much wasted time dwelling in the devastation. Hurt, guilt, and inevitably shame settle into my broken heart. Confusion fills my mind and thoughts because wasn’t this supposed to work, God? What happened? Was I not strong enough, good enough… enough? My trust in myself and in God begins to wane. As I consider all the ways that I have mucked it all up… again… I get stuck. Although this seems to be a pattern after the fall, one thing I do know is that God does not intend that I stay there, in the muck, dwelling and lamenting on all I did wrong. No, He does not at all. Because in that place I am self-focused and closed. If I stay in this place, I will miss all that He is opening up all around me. Opportunities to love others well. Good things. Gifts that He would like me to receive and share. I recently read somewhere that God is not in our past because the past is limiting, and God is limitless. It’s just not part of His character to be stuck in our past, even though that is where we often find ourselves…
    I have found solace in a newly discovered verse in Isaiah:
    “I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” (44:22)
    Allowing this verse to wash over me, fills my heart and soul with peace. Perfect peace, His peace. He loves us so, but He never forces His ways on us. He graciously and patiently waits for our hearts to come to Him, imperfectly but perfectly on time. And not a one-and-done-grace-giving, but an every-day-I-need-His-grace-giving.
    I have made many mistakes in my life. I will continue to make mistakes in my life. I am human. But because of Christ, I am covered with His blood and fully redeemed, standing perfect (complete) before God’s throne of grace and mercy. As the verse says, He sweeps away my sins *before* I return to Him because I am already redeemed by Christ. I am His.
    Today, I want to lean into Him – returning, confessing, and receiving His love, grace, and mercy – instead of trying to make sense of potentially senseless events of my past. Because He has already moved on from them… so why can’t I? Laying everything at His feet each and every day. He is my ultimate salvation and redemption. Thank you, Lord.
    Love and hugs to all you, sisters! May we all rest in His unfathomable goodness and amazing grace today and always.

    • She Reads Truth

      So grateful for your thoughts, Beverly! You gave me a lot to ponder today. Blessings to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

      • Beverly

        Grateful for your words today, Kaitlin! Thank you for sharing the merciful nature of God found in this scripture. What life-giving truth – thank you!

    • Kaite

      Thank you for taking time to share your reflections; they bless all of us. Praying the Lord blesses you in the writing of them.

    • Kim

      Beautiful – much to consider!

    • shelliegirl

      I needed to hear this, Beverly. The last couple of days have brought sadness over past life events and feelings that are dragging me down. Moving on is the way to get into what God is blessing today! He’s not in the limiting past!

    • Keri

      Wow. I love this. The reflection opportunity that this response gives everyone is so vital. Why are we always stuck in the past? I really love today’s reading AND this particular reflection on it. Thank you so much for sharing your heart! It is a gut check for me as I tend to always feel burdened with my past or even things I may have done/said an hour ago. I think recognizing our struggles and mistakes and repenting is so important but moving on from them is just as important. We end up in a constant cycle of remorse if we can’t trust that He has forgiven and is already looking into our future. Thanks again for this Beverly! It really blessed me!

  • It seems that there are so many fine lines. That place where our good intentions push up against and then over into self glorifying agendas. This was a great read.
    Months ago, I visited Buddha Beach, a place along a creek in a park nestled among the Red Rocks of Sedona. There, I joined the thousands who came before me to stack rocks at the side of the creek. Here, there are hundreds, or perhaps thousands of rocks, stacked thoughtfully–skillfully even, as folks enjoy the peaceful and meditative outdoors. I took a try and looked on with pride at my 10 rock mastery. A step or two back however, brought God’s Creation, Cathedral Rock, a massive red rock formation, into comparative view. My 10 rocks, His Mastery. While I was not seriously prideful of my little stack—this moment, when God came near enough to whisper in the quiet of this place, was more than I could have hoped for.

    • She Reads Truth

      Wow, what a great image, Shelli! Thanks for sharing this with us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Ah ladies – it’s been a rough couple days b/c of the exact things the devotionals of yesterday and today have addressed. Long story short, I disobeyed God and now there is tension in a relationship. I am a people pleaser so that I’ve disappointed my Father above was weighing very heavily, that I had made a mistake.
    But today’s devotional (and yesterday’s) remind me, that He can use all things to His purpose. In reading today, I’ve realized that the relationship in tension is one that I’ve given more priority than my walk with God. It doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have disobeyed but God is speaking to my heart even thru my disobedience.
    And ladies – you all bring such comfort to my soul. To hear of challenges some are facing, reminds me to pray. To hear of lessons learned, gives me hope. To hear praise, reminds to give praise and thanks to Giver of all good things (even when they sometimes seem wrapped in bad things!!). To hear how God touches each of us in a uniquely individual way, brings awe to my heart. May the God who remains faithful in all our circumstances be my guiding tower today and all days. In Jesus name – amen.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kim! People pleaser here :) So glad you joined us today amidst the hard and even more grateful for your reminders of Truth. Thank you for sharing encouragement with us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Jaime

      Yes to all of that! I’ve learned so much from this community of sisters that I’ve never met. ❤️

  • Reflecting on the choices I made in my early 20’s, it seems like everything I built was on a terribly shaky foundation, shifting sand indeed. And oh how surprised I was when everything would crumble beneath my efforts, my building bricks heavy with pride and a false sense of security! Pride is such a monster who poses as your best friend, separating you from reality & whispering in your ear just exactly what you need to hear to feel GOOD and EMPOWERED about sinful choices….but God! He alone knows how to disarm our pride and cause us to cling to Him. I never really understood the Babel story with such clarity as I had reading it today, but in it I see so many similarities with my own sinful choices early on, it’s going on the walls of my heart so I won’t soon forget.

    • She Reads Truth

      Kylee, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts today! So grateful for your encouraging heart!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    May all glory be to HIM!

    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • VioletSlats

    Thank GOD

  • Wow, what a beautiful challenge for me today…”cease striving…” The tower is built; my job is to lean (sit at His feet). Pride is so deceiving. Before I know it, I’m building my own towers & I’m exhausted, frustrated, lonely & anxious…Yes, Lord, may we be people who say, “Yes, You.” Praise be to the wonderful Scatterer.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for sharing this challenge with us today, Kelly! Joining with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Wow! I have read Genesis a lot over the years (more so in the last few) and I have never received insight on this chapter like I just did. It wasn’t until I read the devotional that something clicked. The word “separation” wouldn’t get out of my head and it still hasn’t. I’ve been thinking about so much separation in my life – my parents’ divorce, my Dad’s abandonment to my sisters and I, my seperation from my kids’ dad and the town we lived in and my friends there, and it keeps going right up to today. I knew God had a plan for me all along the way (and I know He still does), but I never necessarily looked at all the seperation that has occurred as part of God’s plan. I looked at it as what Ramsey was doing for herself. Some of it could have been that, but oh, if I could paint a picture of what He has created FOR ME! Praise God, our true compass!

    • She Reads Truth

      Ramsey, I love this so much! So grateful for your personal examples of separation and hearing the ways God is still using them! Thankful for your heart!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • “In His infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself.” That really stood out to me today. I had never really throught about the scattering of the people as a salvation tactic before. I had always just focused on the fact that they were scattered. What a great way for God to remind His people that they can’t do life on their own. We need Him if we are ever going to reach our full potential.

    • She Reads Truth

      Pam, I used to think about this story that way too! So grateful we both got to see God’s compassion through this passage today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • “In His kindness, God divorces us from our desire to be separate from Him and marries our sin to the unity of grace. This is the gospel.” This. This is exactly what I need to remember every single day. He knows it is my nature to pull away from Him and to focus on the things I want, yet He provides me with unending grace. He draws me back toward Him and reminds me he has a bigger plan I do not always understand.

  • “In His infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself. ”

    Yes! My husband is a pastor and that means our family has to uproot from our lives when God says to go. I’ve been separated from friends, loved ones, my old neighborhoods…and at the time I could not understand why- it even hurt at times! But looking back I can see that He had something greater in mind. Through it all He is teaching me to depend on Him, to love Him, to trust Him more.

    • She Reads Truth

      JoJo, I can absolutely relate to being separated! Grateful for the lessons learned from our Scatterer.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • How gracious–full of grace–God is: “God divorces us from our desire to be separate from Him and marries our sin to the unity of grace.” He draws me back to Himself, correcting my direction when I turn away from His ways to my own, ever doing what is best for me. I’m sure those in Babel whose plans were thwarted weren’t very happy about God’s action, not understanding that it was for their benefit. Let me be quick to recognize and follow His leading; let me not grumble and complain, but give Him praise and thanks for loving me enough to turn my wayward heart back to Him.

  • Proverbs 18:10 came to mind after reading Kaitlin’s brilliantly written thoughts today: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” NIV

  • Spetrounov

    How often we pursue a good idea, we find out in the end it wasn’t really a God idea. Thank you Lord for your kindness and mercy in re-calibrating our wayward hearts!!!

  • As I am thinking about the impact of the Tower. I think about my life and how it ebb and flows with relationships coming and going. God moves us, to build us and bring us back to himself when we start depending on others as a replacement for a real relationship with HIM. I have a closer and greater relationship with HIM,when I look to him instead of others who I have placed at the top of my tower. God is truly amazing and his love chases us forever and enfolds ME! Such great news, IT IS PERSONAL.!

    • Kim

      In a similar spot too! I appreciate your thoughts here!

    • Deborah Avinelis

      I appreciate your words. They are true and I feel like they are a perfect word for a place I’ve been and find myself again. Praising God for separating me from relationships I put above my relationship with Him. He is faithful!

  • I so like to have control…my prayer today is to let God have full control. So much of this hits home, fear. control, possessions, grace, and love. So thankful that God sees the big picture.

  • “In His infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself.” Oh, the perspective! How often have I complained about what God was doing? When it seems He is stripping me of my blessings, He is really separating us to draw me closer to Him. I need to have this perspective all the time! Thank you for sharing these words this morning!

  • Renée Essig

    Well written! So much truth in my everyday life in that. I try to push my will be done yet he has a master plan for everything.

  • Churchmouse

    One other thought this morning : “Let me” also leads to a sense of entitlement (my ‘rights’) and also “mine” (obsession with possession). There is no room for God when it’s all about me, my rights and my things. Those words reveal I have dethroned Him. And it can occur so subtly! Oh my, I have been guilty. The focus on self is in direct opposition to Jesus’ command for me to be a servant. Let me just sit with this for awhile and ask, once again, for His forgiveness and grace.

  • MERCY & GRACE !!! Seems like we are all getting the same message…. Thank you, thank you!
    Lord, help me see the “separating & scattering” in my life that draws me to my knees and to YOU!!!…. That causes me to LEAN on YOU and not my own understanding!! That propels me into the world to share such a glorious message of MERCY & GRACE… Amen!! <

  • Churchmouse

    The very thing that they feared – being scattered throughout the face of the earth – is exactly what happened. BUT GOD used their greatest fear for His greater purpose. Oh that I would realize His hand in my life when I have to face my fears – that it is for my good and not for my destruction. Oh that I would trust that He is working out His greater plan for my life. May I not be fear-full, but faith-full.

    • heather (MNmomma)

      Amen! Amen! Amen!!!!! Oh man, I am soooooo needing this today……prayers today to remain faith-full ….NOT fear-full. God has a plan……….

    • April

      Woah so good. Our greatest fear coming about isn’t God being unfaithful (like fear/the enemy would like me to believe) but may actually be Him bringing about His great glory and perfect plan!

    • sarahmariet

      “He uses the split to propel us toward the unity on the Cross.” Amen!

    • She Reads Truth

      Churchmouse, Yes! So grateful for this example. I couldn’t agree with you more. May we focus on His presence in our fears today. Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Beautiful message- I am reminded to lean on the Lord and not on my own plans! Something I need to remember daily!
    What I can’t wrap my head around are the ages of the men 400 years, 300 years, 900 years etc… It’s a concept I am having trouble grasping- anyone else?

    • Melissa

      That is so funny while I am reading this I was having a hard time grasping that too! I was thinking was there years different back then?

    • Gema

      Back then they lived much longer, until God decided he could no longer allow us to live that long. Genesis 6:3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”

      • Melissa

        That is so interesting! I have never read that- thank you!!! That certainly helps things make more sense!!!!

    • Shaylin

      Noticed that too- but what struck me today is how they gradually lessened. Shem lived through the death of his firstborn son and firstborn grandson because he lived longer than they did!

  • Churchmouse

    The very thing they feared – being scattered over the face of the earth – is exactly what happened. A tower reaching to the sky, promoting themselves, was no protection from their biggest fear. BUT GOD let that fear become realized as part of His plan to promote His purpose. Oh that I would recognize His hand in my life when I have to face my fears. Oh that I would realize He is right there to work out His purpose and that it will be for my GOOD, not my destruction. Help me to be more trusting, God, so that I would not shake in my shoes but stand firm in Your care. Amen.

  • Rochelle

    Separating them from their desire to sin so He could bring them closer to Him. This can be difficult…sometimes there are things in our lives that are painful to be separated from, even as we know God’s plan is better. Great devotional today. God loves us so much He’s not afraid to discipline and remove us from comfort or our self supposed “purpose”. God, please give me a soft heart to accept this and not rebel when it’s me.

    • heather (MNmomma)

      Oh man – this hit me this morning Rochelle. I am in the midst of a potentially life-changing period in my job. I can truly say that I love what I do…..but that came after about 13 years of struggling to enjoy my passion….I wasn’t seeking the Lord to guide me…..and the days were tough. Not that they aren’t tough now, they certainly aren’t easier, however my perspective has changed immensely. I feel I was called to do this…..however it seems I may be being led down an unknown path – and I am scared – and at peace (weird to say those two together)…..I KNOW God has a plan, but I also know that leaving my current job/passion will be extraordinarily difficult. I love the kids. Please pray for me sisters as things unfold….for the path to be made clear and for me to have the strength to follow and trust God….and for my family…..this would be a MAJOR upheaval……….BUT GOD……

      • Amy Riker

        Praying for you, Heather.

      • Jenn

        Oh Heather, I am in a very similar position! I’m so fearful of what is to come, but praying my fear into more faith. As I’ve heard Rick Warren say over and over lately during church, “worrying is playing God.” I need to just trust Him and take the next step, one thing at a time. The Lord has me in the palm of His hand. Praying for you!!!

        • Carolyn

          “Worrying is playing God.” So true! Thanks for sharing that thought.

        • Alexis

          “Worry is playing God. ” Good stuff! Thank you for the reminder to cast my worries on him and let him take the lead.

      • Shaylin

        Just went through a similar situation so I am praying that He is your daily peace and the light to your path!

  • Sara Holbrook

    He knows what we need and uses all of it to get us where we need to be! It’s a beautiful and brilliant love story. I love knowing that all of it, the good the bad the ugly all have a greater purpose and not one moment is wasted. Now that which used to haunt me and cause me shame brings me so much joy because I know it all pointed me to Him! The greatest love I’ve ever known. Have a great day ladies! So much to meditate on and ponder and I agree, read this story many times but through this interpretation I get it. ❤️

  • it continues to amaze me that They “came down”. for some reason I love that!

  • I know this story from childhood but never understood until today that He scattered them to save them, not in anger, but for a purpose.

    • Caryn516

      Suz: I have also heard this story many times and as someone who has worked in community development for many years, it sort of bothered me. I see so many issues because of “differences” in language, culture, race, etc. The writing this morning helps me to better understand and yet, I’m still struggling a bit with the *separating* part…

  • God saw that once again the people were becoming sinful, as we all do, but He remembered His covenant with Noah and instead of destroying them He made it difficult for them to communicate, wow. I also never realized that this was what spurred Abram’s move. It is so amazing time after time to see how God’s plan has been in motion from the beginning. And mankind’s need for a savior.

  • What a beautiful interpretation of what’s often been seen as the angry God of the Old Testament. So beautiful to see the love of a Good Father laced right the way through the Bible, right from the beginning. I’m so grateful for eyes to finally see this truth!!

  • I really like the point about God confusing the people’s languages and scattering them being an act of mercy: “In His infinite mercy, He separated them from each other to draw them to Himself.”
    I had seen it as more of a punishment but this gives me a new perspective, that his desire wasn’t to punish them so much as to show them the futility of putting pride in their own efforts so they would see their need for him.

    • Becky

      That was the same point that struck me: that it was mercy, and not anger, that caused God to separate the peoples. God’s grace – wow. Having one of those days where I can barely comprehend it and the only appropriate response is “thank you Lord!”

      • Kristine

        Agreed. I always pictured a mad God saying “how dare they!” But it was mercy that caused God to want to put an end to their work. It’s like when I see thinks going downhill with the two year old and preemptively remove her from the situation. Makes me marvel at the many times God has put His hands in the mix of my life to show me mercy without me even realizing it. Maybe when we get to Heaven God can show us the movie of our life so we can see just how He had His hands around us all along.

        • Patricia M

          Your loving direction for your two year old brings up a good point…who knows where these men (and ultimately humanity) would have ended up without our Father’s loving intervention. Praise Him, that we have a merciful, loving, omnipotent God who is in complete control always!

    • Stevie Jean

      I also thought this was interesting. I’ve thought about this sort of situation in the context of a church splitting up. Sometimes I wonder if God allows that to happen for this same reason?

    • RKWann

      I agree! I have never thought of it like this! So thankful for the insight!

  • Can someone please e-mail me and teach me how I can share this page on Facebook? There used to be this button for that, but it’s gone now … [email protected]

    • Carly B

      On the left of the screen there are small Facebook and Twitter logos. If you click on that you should be able to share it.

      • Missy CM

        But only when your screen is showing the devo part, not the comment section.

  • Kaitlin, beautifully written… you have such a way with words…Thank you…I want to highlight most of it..such truth, so much to take away, something that punched was …Let me dethrone you, God, so I can enthrone myself instead…ouch!!

    The psalm 127:1a came to mind straight away when I read this….
    If the Lord does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless..
    How often have I taken things into my own hands, built my own tower of ..’I can do this..I’ve got this…’ Way too many times, have I leant away, because I thought I could…uggh..
    But God…even in this story of the tower of Babylon…has the plan…to save, then…and for us now…It seems to me, that no matter what, no matter how far we lean away from Him, God’s only desire is to have us close, and His life’s work is just that…to have a relationship with us…whatever it takes… to bring us closer to that realization…Jesus Christ…
    This could have been any old story of pumped up people, thinking they could live and do without God…but heres the thing…from a family that was scattered, came a direct line to our Savior Jesus Christ….this is awesome, this is big…
    He never stops loving us, no matter how hard we try…
    Hear those words in Martin Smith’s song..God’s great dance floor…

    Ugh it’s not allowing me to paste the link…help..anyone…
    (Thank you in advance…friend…)
    Thank you Lord God that you love us so much that giving up on us isn’t an option for you…Lord I pray along with Kaitlin,
    May we lean into the existing tower of the Almighty instead of laying bricks on our own. Amen.

    Hugs all round today…Blessings ..xxx

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