So from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city. Genesis 11:8 HCSB
No matter what man does he cannot thwart the plans of God. He will use people and circumstances to bring about His will in each and every situation. God scattered the people over the face of the whole earth to accomplish His plan for man to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth. Even though scattering is seen as a negative activity in this passage – in a sense it was punishment for man’s prideful attitude. God used the scattering to accomplish His plan for all mankind.
God scattered and sent all of mankind to every area of the earth. Throughout the Bible we find that God sent people to accomplish His will. God sent Moses to lead the Israelites from Egypt. God sent Jonah to proclaim His message to Nineveh. God sent Ananias to find Saul to prepare him for ministry. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die and pay the price for the sins of men to be forgiven. God used persecution to scatter the people and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Challenge: Where is God sending you? To your neighbor? To a work associate? To a relative? Or to a foreign country? Sometimes God uses negative experience to accomplish His plan. Praise God that He is always working His will and direction in every person’s life. God has a plan and is working it in your life. Read Jeremiah 29:11.