The Bible makes many references to the importance of unity among believers. Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would walk in unity so that the world would know that He was sent from God. In the book of Acts, we read about how the disciples were in one accord on the day of pentecost and the Holy Spirit was able to fill them with a power they could never imagine, but there is another reference to the power of unity that we often overlook. It’s such a powerful reference because it is God himself commenting on the potential we as humans have when we walk in unity.
This story takes place way back in the book of Genesis in chapter eleven. You may be familiar with the story of the Tower of Babel. The people living on the earth at this time spoke only one language. They decided among themselves to build a tower all the way up to Heaven. Now the region where they were dwelling didn’t have natural stones there, so they made the decision to make bricks and bake them. This shows the level of their determination. Even though they didn’t have the raw materials needed to build this future tower, they would do whatever it took to make it happen.
As they were undertaking the seemingly impossible task, God looks down from Heaven and says –
“If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Nothing they plan to do will be impossible. I think of these words, spoken by God, in the context of my marriage. There are only two of us that have to figure things out so it should be easy for christian couples to conquer the world. Satan understands this and this is why he tries to create so much division and confusion in marriages. Imagine if we applied these words in our families with our kids. There would be so much more love in the home. What if entire cities spoke the same language when it came to getting rid of crime or reforming their education system? If these evil men had this potential all those years ago, imagine what believers could do today?
I know that God’s reason for confusing their language was not out of fear, but I often wonder what would have happened had they been successful in erecting this tower up into the heavens. Would they, like Lucifer, have been overwhelmed with pride and sought to overthrow God? Would we have been unredeemable at that point? I don’t have those answers, but I know that God in His wisdom saves us from ourselves. Evil, moving to the edge of the impossible, always leads to destruction, but imagine what power the modern day church would have if we all spoke the same language and walked in one purpose for the glory of God.