After the flood during the time of Noah, God gave Noah and his sons, the commandment to multiply and replenish (fill) the earth (Genesis 9:1), but as the descendants of Noah journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt (settled) there, directly disobeying what God wanted. So God intervened and confused their language and Genesis 11:9 ends with the words, “… and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
God wanted the people to scatter and fill the earth. The people chose to disobey God and settle down in a plain in Shinar. God scatters them abroad upon the face of the earth. In other words, what God wants will happen.
Points to ponder:
Though God is not a puppeteer, he is Sovereign and in Control of all that transpires. If we want something in our life, the best way we can guarantee that to come to pass, is to ensure that whatever we want is also what God wants. In other words, we must be after God’s own heart and his will should supersede ours (Acts 13:22). For what God wants will happen!
Are you and I after God’s own heart and is his will yours and mine?
LORD God, this is my prayer … Not my will but yours be done in my life. Let me be after your own heart and may whatever you want be also what I want – this need, I plead.
Genesis 9:1 (KJV)
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Genesis 11:9 (KJV)
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.