“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top [may reach] unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”Genesis 11:4
I remember one particular week in my young life when things were not going my way at all. It was not that the cards were stacked against me, but it was a result of my disobedience and sin. I pursued my sinful tower, and I had to learn the hard way.
I was not breaking any scholastic records as a child, and was more destined to make the principal’s list for reasons other than good grades, if you know what I mean. The principal and I were on a first name basis and he knew all about me as my personal info folder was well worn, and I am not even sure he even bothered to put it away. One Monday, I had a test that I was to study for over the weekend, but instead, I used the weekend to give my brain a good rest and did not study at all. I did not do well on that test, as you can imagine, and my graded paper was as red as the floor of a trauma room.
I had to take the paper home and get it signed by my parents. Due to my negligent studies, my bottom glowed like Rudolph’s nose. I was given the rod of correction, but by Wednesday, I seemed to forget the trouble I had gotten myself into. After church on Wednesday night, my teacher called my parents into the classroom, and I suddenly remembered that I bombed the math test I did not study for. I thought I was in the clear because I didn’t have to take home and get it signed, but my fate was sealed. I got up onto the planter to peek inside the classroom, and I saw my teacher showing my parents my test which once again resembled the floor of a trauma room. I sulked in the car on the way home, and it was if someone was chanting, “dead man walking.” We got home and my dad wept as my bottom still glowed from Monday. He did not want to spank me again, but I left him no choice. I would like to say I learned from that, but sometimes a hard head makes for a soft bottom.
I think of the generations after the flood. The story of the flood was still fresh, and I am sure the people were reminded that sin was the cause of the earth’s destruction. Genesis 9:1 states, “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” This command was given to the generation of Noah and those that would come after. The people defied this order and attempted to stay in one place and even build a tower that would reach heaven. Although they were told to replenish the earth, they had their own ideas and ambitions. The people decided to band together and not separate, and instead, build their own massive city. The sin of idolatry was rampant, and instead of encouraging one another to good works, they were encouraging each other to disobedience and idolatry. It did not take mankind very long to forget the consequences of sin and involve themselves in wickedness, and that still holds true today. Proverbs 26:11 states, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
Do you heed the commands given in the Word of God or do you live your life as if God said nothing? Do you realize there are consequences for your actions? Do you realize God will continue to correct His children until we turn back to Him? Galatians 6:7 warns, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Are your actions in defiance to God? Do you choose your own will, or is your will surrendered to the Father? May we sow and reap good things, and may our desire be to follow our God.