Read Through the Bible in 2 Years: Genesis 11, Psalm 16
Remember when God told Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Well, Noah’s family multiplied, but they didn’t want to spread out to fill the earth. They didn’t want to be dispersed. They wanted to stay in one place and make a name for themselves.
But God …
Like we read yesterday about God’s sovereign purpose and wisdom in the lives of Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, God again carries out His good plan of mankind filling the earth. God confused the people’s language … for their good and His glory!
Can you image how that must have felt to suddenly not be able to communicate with your own family and friends? I’m sure that was very frustrating! It reminds me of the times I’ve spent in China, Hungary, and Russia.
But God …
I’m so thankful that God scattered those first people all over the world, and so thankful that God sovereignly ordained for Christians to be scattered all over the world so people from every tribe and tongue might know and worship Him — we’ll get to that again later but if you can’t wait take a peek at Acts 8:1-4 for a taste of how persecution caused the early believers in Christ to be scattered.
Let’s praise the Lord together from Psalm 16 –
Preserve me, O God. I take refuge in You.
You are my Lord. I have no good apart from You.
Protect us from the dangers and sins or running after other gods.
Lord, You are my chosen portion and my cup.
You hold my lot. You are my inheritance.
Even when things seem bad to me, You are working in my life, bringing good out of the ashes.
I bless You, Lord, for You are the One who gives me counsel.
You are always before me.
Because You are at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Strengthen me to turn to You when I don’t know what to do.
Strengthen me to trust and obey Your every word.
In You my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices.
In You my flesh dwells secure.
In You there is fullness of joy.
In You are pleasures forevermore.
You are my hope and life.
You will not abandon me.
You have made known to me the path of LIFE.
You are all I need.
Be glorified in me.
In the powerful and good Name of Jesus, Amen.