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January 4, 2016

Alternate Reading Plans
Chronological Order: Job 1–3
Old Testament Only: Genesis 8–9
New Testament Only: Matthew 4

Has Your Tower Come Crashing Down?

Today’s Passage: Genesis 10-12

Berber RuinsToday’s reading, Genesis 10-12 takes us from Noah to Abram, the 10th generation from Noah through Shem, and includes the Tower of Babel and God’s call on Abram to leave his father and go to a place yet to be named.

I had to decide today whether or not to focus on the Tower of Babel or the call of Abram.  Since we’ll be seeing a lot of Abram over the next few days I have decided to look at the Tower of Babel.  Please feel free, however, to comment on anything in today’s reading.

The Tower of Babel seems to me to be another statement of Man’s desire to be independent of God. “Hey, let’s build a city and a tower with its top in the heavens.  Let’s make a big name for ourselves by accomplishing this feat in our own power.  God told them to “fill the earth and multiply”.  They don’t want to spread out and fill the earth.  They want to stay in one place and show God they can do as they please.  They are saying they don’t need God; that they can achieve their goals separate from Him.  This tower becomes the symbol of man’s ongoing attempt to perfect himself and reject God.

Now, as I have said in one of the first posts on this site entitled “Da Rules”, this blog is not a place for political commentary but we can and should discuss the moral issues of our day.  There is a strong political philosophy throughout the world today that operates under the firm belief that man can perfect himself.  Social engineering, social justice, just about anything with the word social in it relies on the idea that man can perfect himself and we hear that very specific notion stated by many American politicians today.

I have to say, I’ve never heard a more laughable lie in my life!  God is God.  You aren’t.  Get over it!  Man is a corrupt creature.  Every venture he undertakes is corrupt and self-centered and will collapse in ruin because of it.  We think we can manage the Economy, the Weather, the behavior of our fellow man?  We can’t even control our own self-centered impulses!  Our society is attempting to remove God from the public square.  They don’t need God.  They think they can achieve their goals separate from Him.  They see God as an impediment to their noble attempts to perfect man in their own power.  How absurd!  Has history taught us nothing?

Are you building a Tower of Babel in your own life.  Are you out there doing your own thing expecting God to bless it?  Do you only run to Him when your towers come crashing down around you?  If so you are not in right relationship with God.  Read God’s Word.  Pray for Him to open your mind to His truth and His will for your life.  Acknowledge His Lordship.  Submit to His will; His plan.

God gave you a brain with which to think and to plan.  I am not saying that you should not attempt to use that brain.  The key is to make your plans and your attempts to accomplish great things consistent with His will and His plan. What do you attempt to do in your own power?  Do you attempt to provide for yourself and improve yourself in your own power?  I’m reminded of two different comments made by Jesus.

Matthew 6:31-33 ESV
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Mark 10:23-27 ESV
“Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

As always this is a matter of your heart.  Where is your heart?  What are your reasons?  Are you seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness or are you attempting to save yourself?  You cannot perfect yourself.  You cannot save yourself.  That is impossible.  With God, however, all things are possible!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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