Do you Understand?

Genesis 11:6 And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. One reason we don’t “all just get along” is that we don’t understand each other. We may be speaking the same language, but somehow we miscommunicate and it causes problems of misunderstanding causing confusion and ultimately an argument, then walking away and feeling that no one understands us. God knew that by having good communication there was nothing these people could not accomplish!

Could it be that you and your life partner, children, boss, pastor, church friends could accomplish building a love filled home, discovering new projects, learning spiritual truths, building a church, by communicating our thoughts, hopes, dreams, ideas in a more simple way? I try to give my thoughts in a positive way without putting any emphasis on what I think is wrong with the person to whom I am talking’s ideas or thoughts. It doesn’t always work, sometimes I open mouth and insert foot, but at least I am trying! In the case of the Tower of Babel, these people wanted to build a name for themselves and no thought of giving glory to God had occurred to them, so God, not willing to share His glory with man, did the one thing that would stop them in their tracks, that was to confuse their language!

Next time you get into an argument with someone, stop and think about how it happened, start again and see if you can make yourself understood. Habakkuk 2:2  And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. What good does a message, sermon, thought, idea do when it falls on ears that do not understand what you have just said?

You come into contact with people every day that need help, encouragement, an understanding heart and a listening ear. People that might have a question about the Word or faith, YOU are the person that can answer them in words they can understand.  Give it a try!

3 Replies to “Do you Understand?”

  1. I love this!

    I think that my own experience with Genesis 1-11 over the course of my life was anemic at best, but this is because my faith heritage didn’t know what to do with it either. I expect very few do, and perhaps none have a great depth of understanding from it. But in recent years that Tower of Babel has taken on rich significance as I understand the world and God’s interaction with it.

    My thoughts are always growing and changing on it, so I don’t presume to lecture you and set you straight. I cant do that, even if I wanted to. Wish I could point the way clearly through the mist, cut I cant.

    I will say that while I was in college, one of the thoughts that came home to roost was how the university was an expression of the universe to me. I could study almost anything and get deep insights into any subject. Geography, culture, microbiology, cooking, Bible, English, Spanish, Business… and many more. It was all right there at my disposal, and as such the university serves our culture as an institution of learning that builds a … a… well… a tower of sorts. A world order in which we all live. And while my school was “Christian” it served pretty much the same purposes as those that are not. And it made us all fit to go to work building our way of life – a way that sure looks increasingly godless to me despite our desires.

    And I watched as those from the science fields would TALK to those from the ARTS or from Religion and so forth and the farther you go in one department, the more specialized the jargon you learn. The point of having a university education is to get your toe in all the waters, to make you WELL ROUNDED if not fluent in all the jargons. But it can only go so far… and even if you specialize in two or three areas (which a few very talented people can do), you cannot specialize in everything. But you will pay the bank for the experience to be there learning, and that is a language we all learn.


    And we have begun to order our world accordingly. I think the language we use does not connect us all very deeply usually. I think our tower is under judgment. Or so it seems.

    But like I said, I am changing my view all the time. And actually, I have moved on from this one, but it serves to help the discussion I think. There are so many levels and dynamics in our social construct of reality (to use sociological terms) that just exploring it can be a specialty that will put you on your own island where no one understands you once you finally get it all ironed out.


    A world without God.

    Scary where we are and where we seem to be going.

    Think I will go pray now.

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    1. You made me smile with that last line. It reminds me of my dad. When he saw news items or heard of some new crime or horror he would say, “Children I think I’ve lived too long. I need to go pray” and then he would. He would wrap himself in his prayer rug and pray until he felt he had put it all in the hands of God. Another thing you said, he would say, “As long as I’ve lived and read the Word I still see something new every time”. We should all just accept that we will continue to learn. 🙏🏼


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