Let's build a great city with a tower that reaches to the skies -- a monument to our greatness! This will bring us together and keep us from scattering all over the world. (Genesis 11:4)
The Nimrod Gazette headline read: MAN'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT.
The tower of Babel stood as a memorial to man's efforts to reach human greatness apart from God. The structure represented what man can do through human effort. The article went on to elevate Nimrod as a god of achievement.
When God looked down from heaven and saw man's achievement, he was not pleased. God's command to Noah and his generation was, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth." (Genesis 9:1) God saw the rebellion in man's heart.
Man has sought to do his own thing ever since that time, and the world still lies in darkness and decay. Are you seeking to build a personal monument by obtaining more and more temporal possessions, striving for pleasure and achievements, or are you seeking to build a monument that brings glory to God? Every day we are confronted with opportunities to choose man's way or God's.
Make a list of ways you could build monuments to reflect God's glory rather than your own.