“But the LORD came down…” -Genesis 11:5
Gen 12:10-20- When Abram and his wife Sarai visited Egypt, Abram tells her to lie and say that she is actually his sister, not his wife. He does this to protect himself that they would spare his life because he is worried of their interest in her. I’m alway surprised though that Pharoh, who does take Sarai as his wife (because of the lie he was told), ends up being upset with Abram and “accuses him sharply” and then sends them away. Lies never give us what we want or need, though perhaps temporarily they seem to.
I love the story of the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9)! After reading this and then viewing the video for the day from Wendy Pope, I see this story in new light. How the LORD came down and stopped all the people from building: “a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the earth.” Fame and security, apart from the LORD, is so luring, isn’t it? I just love how God saw this and intervened to stop it, to protect and discipline his people. Also points us to Christ- God coming down to protect and save us from false security and joy.
Something to do:
Find my true joy and security only in God in Christ, not in ANYTHING ELSE! Not in my marriage, money, job, family, friendships, church, etc. Anywhere else will be in vain, since it will be false and fleeting and will not satisfy. God can and will otherwise destroy all my false “towers”, and for my own good! Praise God!