I recently went to a family friend’s home for dinner. As I was leaving, I was escorted out to the backyard to see his new tower.
You see, they are building a new park in the city of Tulsa. A park that’s considered to be a world-class park and recreation area. It’s a several year project. Gathering Place For Tulsa is what it’s called.
My friend’s home backs up to it. A 10 foot green mesh fence surrounds the perimeters of the park to keep people out and to keep people from seeing the construction site within. My friend had a tower erected so he could witness the progress. After all, it is in his very own backyard.
Construction. Tower. This so reminded of a familiar bible story.
Do you remember the story of the Tower of Babel?
The people of the earth became skilled in construction and decided to build a city with a tower, a stairway to Heaven. They wanted to make a name for themselves and also prevent their city from being scattered. God knew the tower would only lead the people away from Him. He was very aware of the powerful force within their unity of purpose. After all, He knows all our thoughts. As a result, God confused their language, causing them to speak different languages so they would not understand each other. By doing this, God thwarted their plans. He also scattered the people of the city all over the face of the earth.
Do you have any towers built in your life? Things that you are building to make a name for yourself rather then glorify God. If so, I urge you to tear them down! I can assure you if you don’t, God will in one way or another.
4 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.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.6 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. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. Fromthere the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Love and laughter,