“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men 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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it is called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:1-9).

Well, it certainly didn’t take long for people to believe they didn’t need God; it’s only been a few generations since the flood. They were going to make their own way–their own plans–to take care of their own needs–even to make their own stones–to show the world they didn’t need God. We’ll make a name FOR OURSELVES. We’ll build a tower THAT REACHES TO THE HEAVENS. Oh, but how such pride can make us look so foolish! Just when they thought they could make a name for themselves, God displayed His unsurpassable authority. Imagine the dumbfounded looks on their faces as they wandered away!

Everything we have–our talents, our money, our loved ones, our lives–we have only by the grace of God. In a moment, everything can change. Our world can come apart; or, it can also come together because “God does oppose the proud, but He also gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). We need His grace, not our glory.

Pride is dangerous; it is a precarious path. The people who were building the tower to reach to the heavens found that out.

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