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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 3, 2024

Read to Read Again

Daily Reading: Genesis 8-11


Genesis 11:6

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.


In God’s Word as found in today’s verse there is a fourfold plan, or pattern, that if followed assures success within any group; be it a family, a church, a company, or any organization of individuals that come together for a common goal. The goal of the people in the days wherein God spoke these words was to build a tower to heaven. The reason for such a tower was their fear of being scattered abroad throughout the whole world. So, God came down to see what they were up to.


Upon learning of their plans God made a remarkable statement. In it we find a formula for success within any group. Here it is. Be one. Amos asked the age-old question about being one. He asked Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3   Logic tells us that if two are to walk together they must be in agreement. Where to walk, how fast to walk, when to walk, these and other considerations must be agreed upon. To be one in walking folks have to agree on all aspects of the walk. Likewise, any group that desires to accomplish anything together must agree as one.


They had one language. Consider the example of the word Baptism. Many religious organizations believe in baptism. Some sprinkle, some immerse, some dip into the water three times, some once, some believe it washes sins away, some believe it is ceremonial, some think it is a requirement for heaven, some otherwise. One word, many meanings. To be one, the group must agree on what the language about baptism means.


They began the work. They actually began to work. Imagine. Just like in Nehemiah’s day when it is recorded that the people had a mind to work. So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:6 They were one, they had one language, they had a mind to work, they began the work, and they finished the work. Wow!


Because they had these three qualities nothing would be restrained from them to accomplish. Except…


God said no! He confounded them by confusing their language. They stopped building the tower. In the first paragraph it was stated that God’s divine plan for success within a group was fourfold, but in the body of this devotion only three steps were given. The fourth step is unwritten, but probably obvious. Make sure that the overall purpose is approved by the Lord before beginning. If not, it will come to nothing, even perhaps divinely stopped. For, God always has the right of veto.


Interestingly enough, the thing they feared came upon them…they were scattered abroad. Before ever starting the tower, they could have simply asked the Lord, “Is this what you want?” After all, in chapter four verse twenty-six of this first book of the Bible it was already established that men began to call upon the Lord. They could have and should have.


There you have it, a simple four-step formula for success with any group of people.


William T. Howe Ph.D.


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