Genesis 11:6-8 (easy)
There are so many hidden gems in this scripture! God commanded people to go out and fill the earth, but because of the sin that had already entered the world, these people became prideful and fearful of not being in control. They enjoyed having security in what they knew and were comfortable with. They started working toward their own purpose and vision and forgot about what the Lord had commanded of them. They stopped seeking God and started chasing their own goals and plans.
At first, when I read this, I assumed God wasn’t being kind by the actions He chose to take (how often do you do that – assume that God’s actions and heart aren’t in the right place? For me, it’s far too often) but the deeper I dove into this scripture, the more I saw that this is just another example and reminder of His grace and mercy.
God chose to do for these men what they couldn’t and wouldn’t do for themselves. And in doing so, He made sure that His purpose for the world would prevail. He saved these people from a life of pride, focusing on their own desires, and not knowing Him.
When I look at this scripture, it makes me think of all the things that have “gone wrong” in my life – all the failed plans, the opportunities I thought were missed or lost; and I’m reminded that, if I trust Him, there are good things hiding behind what appears to look bad. God’s choices may not always make sense to us, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good and purposeful.
Can you think of any examples in your life where something that appeared bad or challenging was actually a blessing or gift from God? Write about that example in your journal today.
Thank the Lord for His constant goodness and provision.