What amazes me about the Tower of Babel is that in the Genesis account it is directly after the Flood! God has promised to never “cleanse” the earth to that degree again on account of human wickedness, and the very next thing He must contend with is the Tower of Babel. (For a deeper dive into the meaning of this event, take 8 minutes to check out this video: The Tower of Babel: Seven Minute Seminary) What I’d like to focus on today is one simple thought. The Tower of Babel helps us understand one more aspect of the human condition, the great and tragic downward spiral that began in Genesis 3 . . .
We have started reaching for divinity and stopped reaching for the Divine.
God had made Adam and Eve in His image, He had given them all they needed for life, abundant and perfect. The serpent then suggested that God had forbidden the fruit because He knew that eating it would cause Adam and Eve to “be like God.” Have you noticed a struggle in your own soul to reach for divinity rather than reaching for the Divine, reaching for god-likeness instead of reaching for God Himself? Rather than taking a moment to answer this question right now, I would like you to take this question with you today in the following prayer:
Creator God, loving Father, you made humans for relationship and provided everything we need. You made me to know You and be known by You, to be loved by You and to return that love. I give you this day. Walk with me. Talk with me. Reveal to me how I like my ancestors sometimes stop reaching for You and begin reaching for ways to be what only You are meant to be. Thank you that I don’t have to try to be like You apart from You, but that I was made in your image to begin with. Amen.