The High Tower

Posted: March 28, 2015 in TLCC
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The tallest building in the world today is found in Dubai. That’s the Burj Khalifa. The idea is to diversify the attention from oil to services and tourism in Dubai. According to officials, it is necessary to build the tower to garner international recognition. It wasn’t the first time that someone built a tower for recognition. Back in the book of Genesis, we see a group of people who wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower.

(Read Genesis 11:1-9)

So what was wrong with building a tower?

The tower was for them to be recognized, getting the glory for themselves. They wanted recognition, the attention.

let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, LET US MAKE A NAME FOR OURSELVES, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth. (Gen. 11:4)

Similarly, a lot of people work for recognition. It is so easy to be affected when given credit for the things we do (or the things we don’t). Attention gets into the hearts of men, and it is so easy to steal the glory of God for ourselves. The sins they committed back then were twofold. The love of praise (or to make a name for themselves) and the love of security (faith in oneself instead of God’s command – that is filling the earth instead of being in one place). These two sins are still very much seen today.

God diversified their language as to break them up. The lesson here is this: God alone is to be glorified. He would not allow anything to take his place. So when we come to a point of stealing the glory for ourselves, or when we find comfort in being secure in our situation rather than allowing God to work in our lives, we need to refocus our eyes on God.

  1. alden says:

    a great reminder indeed!!

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