“Stop Building Your Tower of Babel”
Have you ever thought to yourself that if there were just a few more hours in the day, or if you didn’t get tired, or there weren’t so many distractions, how many things you could get done? Sometimes I have a lot of ambitions and ideas (for the Lord’s glory I might add) and think that if the Lord would just help me feel well and give me more time I could do so many good things for our church and for His kingdom.
One day as I was preparing for Sunday school, my thoughts like these were put into perspective. The lesson was on Genesis 11 where the whole earth decided to come together and build a tower up to the heavens so that they could make a name for themselves. They wanted to become a great city and a great nation. The Lord saw them and confused their language and scattered them about the land. What was so wrong with their plans?
Well in Genesis 9:1 God tells Noah to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” The people had disobeyed this command and instead of filling the earth they wanted to stay put and become a great city. So their plans were not in accordance with God’s command. But what is so wrong with them wanting to become a strong nation? Well throughout the rest of Genesis and the rest of the Bible we will see God making a promise to His people that He will make them into a great nation. However, they will become a great nation not by human efforts, but clearly by the power of the Lord. God knew that if the people were able to accomplish earthly tasks apart from Him then they would turn away from God and put their confidence in their self. This attitude would ultimately lead to their destruction. God will give us what we need in His timing for His glory.
So the physical limitations we face are a blessing to us and a reminder that our dependence is on God and not in ourselves. In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul is pleading that the Lord remove a thorn in his flesh, which could have been some sort of physical ailment or something that was bothering him. The Lord’s response is “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9a). When I think I need more strength or I need more time I am reminded that I don’t need any of those things. I need God. And when God accomplishes His purposes through all my shortcomings and needs then He is the one who gets all the glory as He deserves. Trust God’s timing and for Him to provide strength amidst your weakness to accomplish His will. His grace is sufficient, so let’s give Him our best, but then put all our faith and dependence in Him.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,