I’m in Genesis chapter 11 today which is the story of the Tower of Babel. Here we see the people realise that they can work together to make bricks and build a better city and a taller tower to “make a name for themselves”. God comes to have a look at their impressiveness.
“If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing will be impossible for them”. “Come let us” (*I love the plural Godhead reference here ) “go down and confuse their language so they will not understand one another.” Genesis 11:7
And so their communication and cooperation was dramatically interrupted and instead of working together to do the impossible, and make a name for themselves, they were confused and scattered all over the world.
The whole time I was thinking about this story I was struck by the phrase “nothing will be impossible.” What an incredible comment God makes about them. Now I’m confident He is not wanting to thwart them purely to spoil their fun. He doesn’t want them to be proud and replace Him with their own self importance, rather He wants them to live dependant on Him. This same phrase (nothing will be impossible) is seen elsewhere in scripture. I love where Gabriel speaks the impossible into possibility when he appears to Mary and tells her she is about to give birth to God’s son. He says;
“For nothing will be impossible with God” Luke 1:37
You see God has always meant for us to be doers of the impossible but the route we are to get there is “with God” not on our own. Jesus spoke this same declaration over His disciples;
“… For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you”. Mat 17:20
So here is the first thing I took from this story; we were made for the impossible!
Secondly though, it is interesting how this impossible destiny was due to the keys of Unity and Communication! It was by talking the same language and working together that these people could excel themselves. These attributes made them dangerous! God, as their Heavenly Father, interrupted them for their protection but these principles are still fundamental to us building the impossible.
Isn’t it incredible that on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out (Acts 2) one of the first signs was that people from many languages understood one another again? This was the beginning of the church! Jesus had declared over them “Nothing is impossible for you” and now the Holy Spirit brought the ability to communicate once again. No wonder the enemy loves to trip us up with misunderstanding and division – because where there is communication and unity there is community, and a people who speak the same language are destined for the impossible with God. This early church were scattered over the face of the earth but their ambition was not to make a name for themselves but to make His name famous! Communication is such a key. Miscommunication and misunderstanding bring about confusion but, with the Holy Spirit’s translation, communication is a key to impossibilities.
Thanks for reading. Have a great week, love Rach x