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Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth. Genesis 11:9

“If you do everything right… if you please the Lord… everything will go great! Money will rain from heaven. You’ll meet the right people. Success is yours!”

I heard that a lot while growing up. While I don’t run in those same crowds anymore, I still hear it. A lot.

“Name it and claim it.”

“What you desire is yours, just manifest it.”

“When you don’t get what you want, Satan is fighting you.”

As I read Genesis 11, I was struck with a different reality. At least for the folks building the Tower of Babel.

They built it. They felt strong. Mighty. Perhaps a bit cocky.

Then God deliberately messed ‘em up. He scattered them. He took them down a notch.

Perhaps the will of God preceded their grandiose plans.

Perhaps God didn’t appreciate their attitude.

Perhaps God wanted to be consulted.

Perhaps their desires didn’t align with God’s.

I don’t know. I’m not a theologian. I’m a doodler and journal writer. Read the chapter yourself and see what you think. Then crack open your journal.