God knows and teaches us that our best manner of life comes from him, and not from ourselves. He says that when we trust him with all our hearts and don’t lean on our own understanding, he takes care of keeping us straight, so that we always go the right direction.
This morning, I am watching a news program broadcast from the new One World Trade Center observation deck. The similarities between this place and a place in the Bible struck me immediately, especially when it was revealed that every visitor is greeted in their own language. There are several declarations that this building is a victory over evil. I understand the feeling, but I know it is dangerous and foolish. Man does not overcome evil with pride. Man overcomes evil with good. And we know that we know; only God is good all the time. Only God can provide lasting victory over evil, and he has done this by sending his son, Jesus Christ, to overcome death and overcome the world. Our faith must be in him.
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 each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) 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.”
But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”
In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.