Read: Genesis 11:1-9
The whole earth had the same language and vocabulary. As people migrated from the east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let us make oven-fired bricks.” (They used brick for stone and asphalt for mortar.) And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered throughout the earth.” Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the humans were building. The Lord said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let’s go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So from there the Lord scattered them throughout the earth, and they stopped building the city. Therefore it is called Babylon, for there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the Lord scattered them throughout the earth.
Think: Have you ever wanted to be famous? What do you think causes that desire? How has pride caused a big mess in your life the way it did in this biblical account?
Hope: This story of Babel, in the first book of the Bible, was about people wanting to be worshipped. Therefore, God confused their language. However, in the last book of the Bible, God will unite each of those languages to praise HIS NAME: “I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, ‘Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:9-10) (NLT)
Pray: God, take away the pride in my heart and the desire to be worshipped. Help me to see that this pursuit won’t make me happy. Turn this desire into praising you!
Apply: Resist the urge to brag about anything today. Instead, look for ways to direct attention and praise toward others today—your friends, teammates, siblings, and God!