Words from the Heart for Friday January 4th, 2019
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Genesis 11:1 (KJV)
The share of Canadians who speak a non-official language at home has increased significantly since 2011, up 14.5 per cent to 7.6 million. Nearly 23 per cent of Canadians reported having an “other” mother tongue in 2016, up from 21.3 per cent in 2011. By comparison, 21.3 per cent said that French was their mother tongue — including 78.4 per cent of Quebecois. Still, no single language other than English or French is spoken at home by more than two per cent of the population.
It has always been the desire of men and women to usurp the unique place that God has in the world. He alone is the Almighty. He alone has the authority to rule over lives and over His creation. But human beings in their sinful rebellion don’t want to acknowledge that. At the heart of sin is pride, and pride leads to a desire to take the place of God. The first time we see this is when the people of world gather together to build a tower that leads to heaven. The Bible says this in Genesis 11:1: “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” The issue wasn’t simply that the entire world was able to communicate. That would have been a great blessing. The issue was that together they wanted to be like the Lord God of the Universe. They wanted to usurp His power and authority. And this was simply not possible, nor was it acceptable. There is only one God, one Creator. He alone is worthy to be praised and honoured. There will come a day when the unity of all people will take place. But it will be under His rule and reign, not under the rule of any fallen and feeble human being.
These have been words from the heart.