What is the ” Tower of Babel” in your life?
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people 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 was 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.”
This is quite a significant story in the Bible, not just because we now understand why we have different languages in different parts of the world. It also speaks of false idols and pride, something that goes hand in hand. This story was set in a time following the great flood and they were so proud of how wonderful they had made their nation they wanted to make a symbol and one that reached the heavens so that they didn’t need God anymore. God didn’t like their pride and arrogance and so He caused some confusion so they couldn’t continue with their work.
We build our own “Tower of Babels” in our lives: money, material possessions, relationships, job titles, talents etc. Without realising it, we’re relying on sources that are not from God to meet our needs and reach our goals. We try to play God in our lives, as we make human efforts to get that house we always wanted or get our relationships where we want it to be. We find our worth in our financial status, or by the material possessions we have, or the job title we have, instead of finding our worth in Jesus Christ.
Every moment we make a human attempt without relying on God, we’re building that “Tower of Babel” in our lives higher and higher. That’s when we find ourselves in a difficult position, where God wants to catch our attention and help us to learn to become completely dependant on Him as our Provider, our Comforter, our Source!
I have found myself personally at a crossroads and wondering how on earth I got there. It’s in these moments where God wants to teach us and we need to look out for His voice. He gracefully breaks us to position us.
I’ll be honest in telling all of you, I have made so many human attempts to make my life better, to chase after money and material possessions, even to solve relationship issues. The truth is: every time I failed, and I failed until I hit rock bottom and God wanted to catch my attention. I never knew I was riddled with so much pride until the day I found myself knocking on the doors of a homeless shelter / mission station looking for a place to stay. At first I was angry, super angry at God for failing me, but then as I listened and drew closer to Him, I realised He was trying to catch my attention in an area I had no idea was an even an issue.
Trust has always been a bit of a problem for me, and so I admit I battle on my faith journey at the best of times. One thing I do know is that everytime I’ve left it in God’s hands He has never failed me. Once we leave it in God’s hands, we can’t take it back and make human attempts to accomplish whatever it is we are doing. Let Him completely take the steering wheel. He knows what He is doing. While we are waiting, He is working.
So often when we’re going through a hard time, we see it as the enemy trying to attack us, which can also be true. If we focus too much on it being the enemy’s attack though, we will magnify the enemy. Whenever the enemy tries to attack, God will use it for your good, listen out for the lesson and you will magnify God’s hand in your situation.
I want to encourage you to find what your “Tower of Babel” is in your life and work at allowing God into that space to heal and refresh your trust in Him. Allow your strength in all areas of your life to come from Him. God is faithful in all His promises, He is waiting for us to find rest in Him and surrender every area of our lives to Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6