“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” (Gen. 11:7)
Consider the power of God to frustrate and confound the evil works of man. When we fret and moan at the ungodliness in the world, never forget that our Mighty God is watching.
How young must the new, post-deluvian earth have been at this time that everyone is speaking “the same language and the same words”. No multitude of languages. No multitude of nations. These were the children of Noah and they all lived on “a plain in the land of Shinar”. “Shinar”, or the “land of the rivers” is broadly the region of Mesopotamia where Babylon (Babel) was later located. What had these people done, or not done, for God to confuse and divide them? This united people, with their fired bricks and tar, set out to build their own stairway to heaven. Whether or not they thought they could build to the dwelling place of God, it was still a colossal object of pride and arrogance which displeased God. Moses records that “The LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.‘” (Genesis 11:6). Being displeased with man’s prideful aspirations, God confused the languages so that the work stopped and the people dispersed. Now they would do what God intended and commanded for them to do, to be fruitful and populate the earth (Gen. 9:7). Because they were not fulfilling the will of God, He thwarted their work and caused the people to divide and disperse.
“God is not mocked…“
God still watches what men are doing. Long ago, thousands of years before Jesus, Moses, or Abraham, God did something miraculous that nudged mankind in the right direction. Men may lay out their plans, but God has the final say in the matter. These are things we should think about when we are purposing and planning our own lives. What does God think and is He pleased? If we are not prayerful, He may confound our works. Because they purposed to build a great city and a tower into heaven, He shut down the project. As we build our cities and towers, have we thought about the will of God? He is just as powerful today to literally bring an end to evil aspirations. And you might be worried about the evil that is in the world. Just remember that God was watching what the people were doing in the land of Shinar, and He is watching today. Don’t underestimate what He can do to accomplish His will. Have faith.