Tower of Babel • Devotion #4: Disobedience
The older my daughter gets, the more opinionated she is getting. Molly talks so much and is so loud. I do not know what Mary and I should have expected, seeing as both of us are very talkative people, but it has been a learning experience with her. She wants things her way, and when we do not allow that, she starts throwing things! She will grab anything within arm’s length and throw it as far as she can. I think she may become a baseball player. She does not understand that when she behaves that way she is missing out on great plans that we have for her. When she throws a fit and does not eat her dinner, then she misses out on getting to have ice cream for dessert. When she tries to run out into the street at the playground, then she has to go home and does not get to play. Every time she behaves in this way, she is settling for less than what we had planned for her.
Genesis 11:2 says, “And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.”
The sad thing is believers every day behave in the exact way my child does, and subsequently miss out on seeing God move. This Scripture is from the story of the Tower of Babel, and we see the people of God behaving in a disobedient way. After God saved Noah’s family from the flood, His command to them was to “go fill the earth.” Instead of listening to that command, the people disobeyed and instead, settled together in the land of Shinar. Very simply we can understand that disobedience causes us to miss out on plans that God has for us. More specifically, I think the word “settled” in this Scripture is so powerful. When we disobey God and settle in our safe and comfy life, we miss out on experiencing God in some incredible ways. The incredible thing about God’s Kingdom is that He invites us to be a part of spreading it throughout this world. It is up to us if we are going to see God do amazing things through our lives, or if we are going to settle for hardly seeing Him move at all. God commands us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, commands us to pray, commands us to worship, and the list is endless. All of these things are opportunities for us to be obedient to Christ and see Him doing incredible things in our lives, in the lives of others, and in this world. It is so easy to settle into disobedience, not daily seeking to follow the commands of Christ. This is not the life that He has called you to. We all would say we want to see God move, then be obedient and take action! Give Christ an opportunity to use you. Pray each day that the Holy Spirit would move in your heart to stir you to action. When we obey the commands of Christ, we will see Him move in mighty ways.