Safety in Numbers?

Whitney Capps

Day: 11 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 11

Genesis 11:4 (NIV) "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.’” 

Small acts of disobedience often lead to significant acts of defiance.

The crowd at the city of Babel wanted to build a tower that would make a name for themselves and keep them geographically centered. Have you ever wondered, “what’s so wrong with building a tower?” What was dangerous about a people unified in language and purpose?

Remember that one of God’s first post-flood commandments was to spread out and fill the earth. (Genesis 9:1). By settling in this one region, the descendants of those saved from the flood were already living in rebellion to God.

Apparently they believed they had obeyed “enough.” This is a caution for us. I am chronically guilty of this kind of failure. God calls me to obey Him with my food choices, and I’ll give up soda, but not sugar. Maybe He’s asked me to give Him more time in Bible study or prayer, so I give up Instagram…for a few days. You see, partial obedience is disobedience.

As the tower builders lived in disobedience to God’s purpose to go into the whole earth, the plan to build them a tower for their fame was an alluring transition. It’s a transition we make often.

Where we may have questioned “is this enough obedience for God,” we soon begin wondering “if this disobedience matters to God” at all. Sin is a slippery slope, and so is disobedience.

I want to commit now that I will prayerfully pursue full obedience. Whether I understand God’s purposes or not, He calls me to obedience. Whether He tells me why, God’s wisdom is trustworthy. I trust His wisdom because I trust His Word and His ways.

Prayer: Lord, I confess that I can be lazy in my obedience to You. I have tried to pretend that some of my sinful behavior isn’t a big deal to You. I want to obey You completely and trust You totally. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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