Advent: December 5: A Giant Staircase to Heaven

Genesis 11

For some reason, we as humans always want to take things into our own hands. We try so hard to make things work, to make a name for ourselves, and to be successful in what we do. Even as children, we have a desire to be the first to the door, get the award in class for having the most Accelerated Reading points, and be recognized.

This also happened in Genesis, from the very beginning. God had told the people in Genesis 9:1 to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” However, they decided they would stay put, come together, and make something grand that would elevate themselves. They continued to sin and disobey (even after the Great Flood) God’s command to scatter the earth, AND they desired for themselves to be greater.

Unfortunately, they were acting on what they thought was best, not what God asked them to do. So, God, again, had to act to help us along. By scattering people and confusing languages, God limited our ability to elevate ourselves through pride, and He did this as part of a grand plan.

Jesus was sent to not only show us grace, but to share God’s love in a way that can transcend every people, every tribe, and every nation. If the tower of Babel had not been destroyed and the people scattered in judgement, Christ would not be glorified as beautifully as He is now throughout the spectrum of thousands of beautiful languages around the world.

John Piper once stated, “God’s will for human beings is not that we find our joy in being praised, but that we find our joy in knowing and praising Him.”

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Set up a dig site in your yard by tying string around 4 trees. (Make sure this site is approved by parents). Before you start to dig, make a plan for what you are going to make. What size will it be? What materials do you need? Who do you need to help you with it? Are there any rules or regulations you need to follow in order to complete it (i.e.- where the water and gas lines are)? After you finish your “construction”, think about what you are going to use it for.

After: Did it turn out the way you wanted? Did you follow the rules and regulations? Were you able to work together with others to complete it?

APPLICATION

Reflect on some of the ways you find your worth and value in being praised. Is this where you find your joy? Or, do you find true joy in knowing and praising our Savior?

Has there ever been a time you did something your parents/teacher asked you to do because they knew if was best for you, but you disobeyed and found out the hard way that they saw the bigger picture?

Pray that the Lord will help you seek His will and follow His plans with Joy.

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