There’s much talk of unity these days as we all face the challenges of change.
Unity, as defined by dictionary.com, is “the state of being one;
Unity is wonderful and much needed when that which is uniting us is of God and suited to His purposes. But what happens when motives are contrary to His plans?
At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. They began saying to one another, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” … Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”
(Genesis 11:1-4, NLT)
The people had already been told by God to be fruitful and fill the earth, in other words … they were to spread out.
But instead, they stuck together and found strength in their numbers. And pride set in.
Instead of humble obedience, we see pride taking over as they desire to make a name for themselves.
To keep them from their self ambition and promotion, God confused their language so that communication with one another became impossible. And in that, the people scattered.
Three lessons come to mind:
- Seek God first in all things. God, and God alone, is to have first place in our hearts and minds.
- We must humbly obey God in all things. We are not to do anything by means of selfish ambitions.
- In all things, be careful with whom we align ourselves. We can be united for the wrong reasons.
Unity is achieved only through God and for His purposes alone.
May all we do be for His glory and Him only.