When We Take Over

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The Towel of Babel Gen. 11:6. “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they now do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

When I read this I wondered what the problem was? What’s God got against teamwork anyway? But looking closer at the spirit of what was being done, you can see a familiar spirit. It began when our enemy rose up against our God in Ezekiel 28 we can read about Satan who had become “proud and had said, ‘I am a god and I sit in the throne of God, in the heart of the seas'”  that same spirit in our enemy that made him think he was like God was in the people that were building the tower and is also in us when we aren’t submitted to Him.

The general idea was that they thought they could use their intellect and skill to build a tower to heaven and be like God.  Seem absurd?  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve opted for my own plan vs. God’s plan for my life.  I don’t want to wait, I don’t like what’s happening to me, life isn’t fair.  So I erect a plan of my own, after all, I know a better way.

We aren’t God.  Simple, but not easy to trust.  What is it about us that doesn’t trust God’s plan?  Free will allows us to choose God’s way, when we do we are acting in faith and we please Him.  When we agree to be obedient, even when we don’t understand, we are walking in a loving relationship with Him.  We are humble when we say, “God, I don’t like this and I would like things to work out this way, but I trust that you are wiser than I am and I believe your word that tells me you have a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11), so not my will, but your will be done.”

Our desire to control, and be God is so strong.  We allow fear to creep in and the what ifs overwhelm us, until we are pressured into taking action before we’ve prayed or even considered that He might have a better plan.  We don’t seek Him because we are afraid He won’t give us our way, but then when our plans fail, we run to Him with our disasters and broken hearts and ask Him to fix it.  In His mercy, He takes us in His lap and comforts us.  But all of our actions have consequences that we would not have to suffer if we would stop building our towers.

Some songs to encourage you while you’re waiting on Gods plan to come to fruition in your life.


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