Different Languages

Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech. Genesis 11:5-7 HCSB

God has allowed me to travel to many different countries. I traveled across Europe as a senior in college and have taken groups to Israel twice. God has given me the opportunity to participate in mission trips to Mexico and Belarus. I have had trouble communicating with those who do not speak English. While in Mexico and Belarus, I had an interpreter who translated what I said and told me what others were saying.

God came down and observed the prideful attitude of men who thought they could accomplish anything and did not need God. Man basically felt that he could be his own God. God realized that man was willfully disobeying Him and had no desire to fill the earth as He had commanded. God’s solution to this problem was to create numerous languages so the people would have to scatter and fill the earth. Years later there are 6,909 living languages in the world.

Challenge: Obey God’s commands. Try learning a new language. Consider teaching English as a second language. Remember that God loves all the people of the world – He deliberately created many different nationalities and languages.

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