Tower of Babel • Devotion #3: Pride
Josh Lahring | Production Director
I love to build and create. As a kid, I spent countless hours building with Legos. I can remember building something that made me feel so proud. Entering it into a contest, and yet did not receive any recognition for it. It was the greatest thing I had ever built; how could it not have been good enough? It is easy to become prideful and think that we are amazing when in reality, it is God who gave us the ability in the first place.
God gave man the ability to create. In Genesis chapter 11, man began to realize that there was nothing that they could not build. In verse 4, it says, “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.’”
Pride had led man to want to build a city because they were worried about themselves. They did not want to be dispersed over the earth, so they came up with a way to solve that problem, and while doing it, they could bring glory to man. God, however, would not allow it. He confused their language, and they ended up being dispersed over the earth, the one thing they were trying to avoid.
James 4:6 says, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”
We, as man, in and of ourselves, are nothing. We are our Creator’s masterpiece, and we are meant to be glorifying the Creator in all we do.
Are the things we do for our glory or God’s?