God intended for the earth to have many nations in it.
A popular idea circulating today is that of one world government. Of course, there are many protesting that idea too. Whether you agree or disagree, at least at one time God did not want the world united under one government.
The Tower of Babel illustrates man’s unwillingness to follow God’s will.
In Genesis 9:1 God said to Noah, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” It wasn’t long after that we read, “And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth'” (Genesis 11:2-4).
This was a refusal to do what God intended. But what exactly did God intend? He intended them to spread out and cover the earth. It’s interesting that the end result of this account is the exact result that would have occurred had they obeyed God in the first place.
Confused Languages and Covered the Earth
Think of it. The end of this account is that God confused their languages and they spread out over the face of the earth (Genesis 11:9). If they had obeyed God to begin with, the natural result would still have been different languages. It would have taken longer and may not have been as pronounced, but there would still be differences in language. By spreading out over the face of the earth, it seems that God’s plan was division of the population.
We tend to gravitate toward those who think, act, and speak like us. It’s human nature. And it all but guarantees that humanity will remain divided into different countries.
Acts 17:26-27 tells us that is what God intended. “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us….”
Even the divisions of the nations was part of God’s plan of redemption revealed in these last days. That’s not to say God is against unity, but that unity comes in CHRIST, not in governments. And maybe that’s one reason He wanted to separations–to teach us that point.
God’s Planning Revealed
The more we look at the Bible, the more we see the thread of God’s planning all throughout history. If God has operated as such in the past, why do we assume He would not have put us in the right place at the right time to be the most effective? Are you taking advantage of your opportunities to serve God where you are?
May we help you use your opportunities and abilities for the glory of God? Let us know. We’re here for you.