Like Adam and Eve, the people at Babel weren’t happy trusting God’s plan. They had their own plan to make themselves great.
“Let us make ourselves a city,” they said, “so that we may make a name for ourselves.” There are two problems with that plan:
- They tried to do it by themselves instead of trusting God.
- They wanted to do it for themselves, selfishly.
God didn’t let their plan work. He confused their languages and scattered them across the earth. Then he showed a better way when he called Abram.
God said to Abram: “I will make you into a great nation…. I will make your name great…. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abram didn’t get greatness by himself or for himself alone. He trusted God to make him great, to bless all peoples.
Abram ended up living in tents. That’s a far different approach from the tower at Babel. But God used Abram, the tent guy, to begin fixing all that’s wrong in the world.
Through Abram’s descendant, Jesus, the whole world is now blessed. In every country, among the scattered people of all those languages, God has his people—believers in Jesus. One day we will all gather together, around his throne, and praise him in those many languages.