Genesis 11:1,4 “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words...Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves: otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’”
Can you imagine everyone speaking and understanding the same language across the world?
It is hard to fathom all humans sharing one language but it sure could make things easier. Not only are there many languages but dialects within languages, and nuances within words, and body language also vary.
The story of the tower of Babel comes right on the heels of the rebuilding after the flood. God was starting over with descendants of Noah and within just a few generations it seems like the people had forgotten to worship God again. They want to build a tower so they could make a name for themselves in the heavens. Pride and self-righteousness were swirling in their hearts once more.
We struggle with these same sins today. No matter who we are or how well known we may become we cannot achieve oneness with God unless we are humble in our hearts. He tears down our self-built towers and takes us to our knees so that he is able to build us up as he designed us to be.
One day we will all share language again and in that time, we will lift our voices in one accord giving glory to the One, the Almighty God.
I pray the message you have today will speak to our hearts and souls. Forgive any selfishness or pride we harbor and bring us to a place of humility. Help us be open to your shaping of our lives so we learn to glorify you in all we say and do. Amen.