So it’s funny that the Bible makes so many jokes in itself that you would only understand of you read it in context.
But it’s not just funny, and it’s not necessarily a joke, except it kinda is. It’s amusing until you’re like, “Oh hey, this is in the Bible for a reason and I really need to be paying attention to it.
Tower of Babel. Fun story, right? Everybody knows it but doesn’t really know why they know it. Like, it’s told a lot in children’s church because it’s interesting, but it really doesn’t seem to offer much as far as life application. Thousands of years ago, some people tried to build a tower to make themselves look cool, God’s like NOPE, all of a sudden everyone speaks a different language.
I mean, what do you even say to that in response? “Hey God, please convict my heart if I’m building any cities or anything with people who should probably speak a different language than me.”
So maybe I’ll understand it really deeply one day, and it’ll be the greatest revelation, but I’m currently finding the next chapter in comparison to this one to be the revelation.
In Genesis 11, the people say to each other, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves…”
God didn’t want it. But in the very next chapter, He makes it very clear what He did want.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing… (Genesis 12:1, 2 NIV)
Go. I will make you into a great nation. I will make your name great.
That’s a lot different from, “Come. Let’s build a city and make a name for ourselves.”
God wanted better things for Abram than the Tower of Babel guys wanted for themselves. They just wanted a city and for their name to be great. God wanted a whole nation for Abram, and a name made great by the Name above all names.
So yeah. Maybe your aspirations are really really swell. Maybe you know what you want and you think you know how to get it. But maybe, just maybe, God’s got something better. It’ll require obedience, and downright ridiculous faith, as was required from Abram, but whatever you find in the land that God will show you is well worth the risk you take by leaving, even if you can’t even see the next step ahead.