My devotion from my devotional book (Heaven on Earth) from yesterday April 15, 2017 – Saturday is entitled FUTILITY.
First thing I did before I read the verse was searched for the meaning of the word since I’m not familiar with the term and here’s my take away:
- no result or effect
- useless; no useful purpose
The verse to ponder was Genesis 11:1-9 and the key verse is Genesis 11:4.
The Tower of Babel
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
I’ll be quoting from the book the things that the Babylonian Empire wanted at that time:
- RISE UP
- NOT SPREAD OUT
- SUBDUE THE EARTH
- COME TOGETHER (to…)
- REACH TOWARD HEAVEN
“They rejected the idea of scattering and filling the earth with God’s image-bearers and instead chose to cluster and make a name for themselves.”
Throughout the Old Testament and World History, we’re able to see how destructive human efforts are whenever they would disobey the commands and design of God for their lives. They would either end up hurting, oppressed and other negative things. And in the later part would appreciate that obedience would bring them good — can be as soon as obedience was decided and fulfilled or in the long run bear fruit.
“Their attempts to exalt themselves fail miserably.”
Selfish ambitions, self glorification, attention and other related things can never bring anyone any good. It will harm you. Just as what happened in the Tower of Babel. They knew they could all understand everyone easily so they came up with such desires that drew them away from what God originally wants them to do: scatter and fill the earth with God’s image-bearers. When God saw what happened, He gave them diverse languages that prevented them from staying together. His goal then after doing such thing is for mankind to search for freedom and glory ultimately in Him.
The Babylonian’s desire is no different from the ambitions of Lucifer while he was still an angel. And we all knew how things ended up with him.
If by now you are questioning the reason why people are to be spread out, we’ll be able to find the answer in Luke 9:2, “and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.“
We have a purpose to begin with and that is to PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM OF GOD and heal the sick. We are never FUTILE. We are just being distracted by our fleshly wants and mindset that is too focused on pleasing the world rather than pleasing our Creator, our God.
We need to remember that our actions rooted from our own will will be awaiting for disaster at any point. I remember from the Scriptures in Isaiah 30:15, “God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me— The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.” God knows what we want, He knows and understands our deepest thoughts that even though we are called to fulfill our purpose — that even if we are well aware of it, He knows that it is hard on our part because it is not what our flesh wants. It is a real battle from the inside-out. But we have to get through it. He would never let His children go without Him accompanying us. We just have to be in complete dependence on Him, to TRUST that He will be with us every step of the way.
And since I’m not so good in ending sentences and paragraphs, I’ve attached that page I was working at for my devotion yesterday. 🙂