My husband has constantly said in recent years, that to boost the economy, we need to curb the powers of the multinational companies, and encourage small businesses. Too much power in too few hands. Or as Lord Acton pointed out – Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Of course there is a lot of strength in unity, as Psalm 133 declares. But if two warring gangs join forces against the community, that makes double trouble.
The people of Genesis 11 v 1-8 decided that if God meant to divide and rule, they were having none of it. They joined forces, and set their faces not to submit to him. They knew there was strength in numbers, and that with their united might, they did not need God to defend them. They even rejected stone (made by God) in favour of man-made bricks.
In our life group yesterday, we were reminded how we so need God’s grace for everything in our lives. When we recognise our dependence on him, and invite him into every situation, we start to see him moving in unexpected ways. Not necessarily that life suddenly gets totally smooth (though that can happen sometimes) but that looking back we can see how he guides operations, takes us different routes, and helps us to do life so much better. It’s the stuff good testimonies are made of! Why do we put up walls against God, reject his provision, reject his protection and try to do it ‘my way’? And we all do it sometimes. Puzzling aint it? I’m glad I was at my life group yesterday. I needed to hear that.