As a child, I would get my groove on by watching my beloved Looney Tunes every chance I could. One of my favorite characters was Pepé Le Pew. He would hop around in Paris looking for desperately looking for love, and he was convinced Penelope flirted with him; but reality was she rejected his advances. He was odor-able and refused to take “no” for an answer. Like Pepé, we too, get caught up in the moment and stroll around with a warped sense of reality. The “Have It Your Way” or “What Ever It Takes” mentality is ‘Risky Business’ indeed.
Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40, NLT) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10, NKJV)
God never destroyed the Tower of Babel; the workers were confused. We have simply failed to learn from the story in the book of Genesis. In the beginning…our Father…created the heavens and earth. It would be fair to say unrealistic expectations and people pleasing has been around for ages. Let’s build cone shaped buildings to heaven and show God the horoscope, all while we pound our ego. Really… Humanism was defined by such foolish plans.
In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world. (Genesis 11:8-9, NLT)
I have not been a believer for a long time, nor do I have all the answers. I am not a theologian, nor have I attended seminary school. I am simply a beggar leading other beggars to the bread. But this I know, when I look back on my spiritual journey and life all together, my sins are many. I need God’s grace, and heresy will destroy grace!
Chuck Swindoll, eloquently wrote, in The Grace Awakening: While most people in the world are busy building towers with highest hopes of making a name and gaining fame, God’s truth sets the record straight. On the basis of God’s Book, His Holy Word, it is my plea that we simply admit our need and claim God’s grace. Instead of striving for a manmade ticket to heaven based on high achievement and hard work (for which we get all the credit), I suggest we openly declare our own spiritual bankruptcy and accept God’s free gift of grace.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16, ESV)
In many ways, we pridefully erect towers and we pretend to be God (delusion of grandeur). God’s grace is enough to go around for everyone, but only a humble heart could receive it. Would you join me in declaring spiritual bankruptcy and claim God’s grace?