credit: Michelle Meiklejohn
Reading Genesis 11 this morning I found it interesting that the story of the Tower of Babel and the beginning of Abraham's story are in the same chapter. What a study in opposites.
In the beginning of the chapter we find people who have decided to take it upon themselves to make a name for themselves and ensure their own future. Genesis 11:4 says - 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 on the face of the earth."
And yet, because they forgot to look to God and trusted only in themselves that is exactly what happened to them - they were scattered. Genesis 11:8 - So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth.
But, in the very same chapter we find the beginning of the story of Abraham who took the opposite approach. His story of faith is truly an inspiration. His faith and reliance on God brought him many blessings. When it looked, on human terms like there was no hope, God always came through for Abraham because Abraham trusted in God instead of himself. Oh, Abraham was human, and took some pretty major detours on his journey of faith, but he always came back to the God he loved. And God was faithful to him. He became the father of many nations including God's chosen people through whom the Saviour of the world came to earth.
What an amazing difference between the people who trusted in themselves and were scattered and known no more, and Abraham, the father of many nations.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, ~ Romans 4:16