3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” Genesis 11:4-4 NLT
In this well-known historical narrative known as “The Tower of Babel” the people rebel against God’s commands. God’s original intention was for mankind to have a relationship with Him, populate the earth and enjoy the world He gave us. Instead of doing this they decide to disobey by not having a relationship with Him, remaining localized, and desiring to become famous by constructing tower. God reacted by giving them all a different language to speak so that they could not communicate and continue in their rebellion. This is where the Bible explains why we have various languages today in our world.
What happened then, still happens today. Many people are disconnected from God looking for recognition through social media likes or through their own talents and abilities to become known or famous. This is a never-ending search for what only God can provide. God alone can give us meaning, fulfillment, and truly use our talents and abilities to become known for doing good in this world and not for selfish motives. Thankfully He turned this rebellion into all the beautiful languages that we have today in our world.
God, help us to draw closer to you today, find meaning in you, and become known for doing good in this world as you originally intended. Turn our rebellion into a beautiful new language that speaks of your never-ending love.