Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city
Genesis 11:7,8 (KJ2000).
The builders of the Tower of Babel were a determined set of people. The Christian community can learn a leason from these people. They were one in purpose, they were focused in what they want to do. In other words, they specifically knew what they wanted to accomplish. Do you know your goals or your mission?
They were zealously progressing in their work, that it got God's attention. How I wish we as believers would be soaked in good works to the extent that our good Lord would notice. They were doing just fine until quite inexplicably they realised with a jolt, I believe, that they weren't understanding one another. Of course it dealt a terrible blow to their project and caused the work to come to a halt.
There was a confusion of communication. Within seconds, there was the proliferation of languages that the probability of speaking to the next builder by your side and him understanding you were quite slim.
The voices they were hearing sounded strange. It was a noise. People they were communicating with easily a while ago, couldn't respond to them anymore.
Amazingly, we go through this kind of experience throughout our lives. We are doing just fine with the task we have been saddled with, until dissenting voices detract us from continuing. What voices are hovering all over your head today? Don't listen to them.
Believe me when I tell you this: anytime you are doing anything worthwhile expect to be laughed at, criticised and misunderstood. Infact you should start getting worried when you don't hear the voice of opposition. Go back to the drawing board and reconsider your project. Probably, you didn't aim high enough, or a significant part of the work has been mistakenly left out, it is heading towards disaster.
The critical voice you hear should not serve as a deterrent to reaching your goal but a springboard to fast track your progression to success.
There is rarely any person who has achieved incredible feats or anything worth mentioning that has not dealt with the voice of opposition at one point or the other in their lives.
Job couldn't believe his wife's foolish suggestion to curse God and die nor the critical comments pouring forth like rain from the mouths of his friends. The voices of the Sanbalats and Tobiases of our day should not be a reason why we failed. Nehemiah is our prime example. He heard the opposing voices of his adversaries but kept on working.
David refused to listen to detractors trying to stop his date with destiny. His goal was to silence the giant defying the army of Israel and defaming the God of heaven. Because he would not relent, the giant came crashing down. Think of the possibilities of attaining greatness only if you will persist to the end.
The good news is that in the midst of the turmoils, earthquakes, lightnings, strange languages and dissenting voices, if you listen very well, there is always that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit to help you meander through the chaos and come out with a clear mind to fulfil your goal.
What voices are you letting affect your mission negatively? Stay with God, listen for His voice and you will win in the end despite the myriads of voices trying to make you go off course. God bless you.
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