Men with one accord rose to build the tower of Babel not so that God will take the glory but so they could make a name to themselves. As at then world population was just picking up. That was shortly after the flood in which only eight persons survived. They were expressly commanded to spread out, replenish the earth and subdue it.
We must not sweep under the carpet the fact that these men were determined and dedicated to what they set out to do. They were united for a common cause. Because of the singleness of the purpose with which they started this work, God had to intervene. He actually commended their work in this manner: this thing they began to do nothing would stop them unless they haven't made up their minds to do it.
If only believers would realize how much we could do in this world for the kingdom if we are united, we would strive for that unity. But alas we are divided by doctrine, by denomination, by social status, by race, by educational attainment and so on. One would chase a thousand but two by the power of unity will put ten thousand to flight.
As the building progresses, soon they started hearing a strange sound. There was confusion everywhere. Imagine with me for a moment. One builder asks another to bring him blocks in Spanish. He rushes only to return with woods and replied in Chinese: ‘this is what you requested for’. As expected, soon there will be chaos all over the place. There were strange sounds in the camp. There was a communication gap which forced the work to come to an abrupt end. If what you are building has the support of heaven, the work progresses smoothly irrespective opposing voices.
This forcefully brings to mind Nehemiah's efforts at rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem that was burned down. The opposition of the likes of Tobiah and Sanbalat couldn't stop their efforts. In 52 days, he achieved the feat of rebuilding entire walls of Jerusalem! David, the young shepherd boy heard a voice of opposition when he visited the battle field. But the giant was jolted to the ground and eventually killed on account of David's refusal to listen to dissenting voices. Do I need to bring up Joseph who refused to let go of his dreams until he saw its fulfillment? Permit one more example. Remember the ordeal Job endured? His friends worsened his situation by speaking harsh words against him but could not prevail because he wouldn't budge.
If the tower you are building would receive God's blessings and heaven's resources it has to be a tower of bethel and not a tower of babel. Before the tower of babel, Noah received instruction to build the Ark. God in his sovereignty arranged men who helped Noah in the building project howbeit they didn't believe in what he was doing.
In God's business there are no abandoned projects. If we yield to Him and focus our attention and resources to what He wants built, then like Nehemiah, we become a formidable force to every foe standing against us. Like David, we shame every voice of the enemy raised against us. Like Joseph, we silence those whose ridicules were not strong enough to stop us. Like Job, we eventually receive help to bounce back to a joyous life again. No strange voice can resonate with enough force as to stop us from accomplishing our mission.
Are you building a tabernacle or a tavern, a cathedral or a casino, a brothel or a bridge? What do you through your writings? Are they words of upliftment, encouragement, enlightenment and hope; or words of chaos, anarchy and endangerment? What are you building? You not only waste your resources and time but also the time and energy of those you've engaged to help with the building. God will not support you in building a tower of confusion. He will allow confusion to reign in your camp instead. May God help us build only what will bring Him glory through the resources He has richly bestowed upon us.
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