“And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)
Here we see what we so often see with people — the self rising against God. Let us build ourselves; let us make for ourselves. All of this, is about the self and what the people wanted for themselves. God had commanded them to go and fill the earth, and yet here we see the people wanting to build themselves a city, to stay in one place and make a name for themselves.
Is that not just what we do as well? The Lord calls us to a place, to a ministry, to a career, to another city or country. We might be well on our way but somewhere along the journey, the self starts to rise against God. We plain forget what He commanded us, where He called us. Bit by bit, we take steps away from the Lord and rather strive ourselves and try ourselves than trust God to provide.
So often we do just the same. So often I do just the same. Which is why I love what happens next.
“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.” (Genesis 11:5)
“But the Lord came down.”
Is that not what happens with us as well? We try to make for ourselves; we strive for success and possessions and to make a name for ourselves. Or we do not trust the Lord, not quite fully at least. We might even rebel against Him… and then the Lord comes down.
He came down 2,000 years ago to die for our pride, our rebellion and striving. He came down to die for our disbelief, distrust and doubting. He came down from heaven to earth to save us from ourselves, by dying on the cross for us. He comes down even now — to meet us where we are, to walk with us on our journey of life, to help us and to uphold us. He is there in our struggling; He is there in our doubting and pain and grief.
“But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.” (Psalm 4:3)
If that is you today — if you are there, doubting or striving or rebelling against God. Turn your eyes to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Eph. 3:20). Turn to Jesus, knowing that He will hear when you call to Him. Fall on your knees and turn to Him, knowing that there is only love and grace when you look to Jesus. He is here with you.
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