Many people seek to be famous in their own world, but when we start out on our own or “grow up” we barely have a name. We can’t borrow money because we have little credit in our name. Our resume might consist of a few summer jobs, a diploma, and three references. So, how can we ever make a name for ourselves to build a better future, and what do we want that name to say to others? What I am getting at is that our name is our reputation. It is what we are known for, so we must seek a good name right from the start.
This text reveals people who wanted to make a name for themselves. They wanted a name that was popular and powerful, but God did not want them to have that name. He did not want that name because they would build that name without Him. Building a name without God doesn’t seem bad until you look back at Adam, Cain, and the Flood. These men and events proved that the earth could not sustain life without God.
So, this time, instead of sending another flood, God confused their languages. He essentially made it impossible for the entire earth to be united around one human agenda. As a matter of fact, the only complete unity that will ever happen is when Christ unites us in heaven.
- What are some ways that people try to make a name for themselves?
- Where do you think the balance is between “making a name” and making sure His is the name above all names in your life?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?