We need to trust and depend on God, and always ask Him for help.
Genesis Chapters 10 and 11
After the flood there were only eight people left in the whole world, Noah
and his wife, his three sons and their wives. Soon, children were
born into these families. One of Noah's sons was called Ham, and
one of his children was called Cush, and Cush eventually had a boy called
Noah was the great-grandfather of Nimrod, who became a very expert hunter.
Many people thought Nimrod was a wonderful person because he was so
brave and could hunt wild animals. And so they thought it would be
good if he was their king and ruled over them.
Building the Tower:
In those days long ago, all the people spoke the same language and could
easily understand one another. They decided to work together and
build a big city and also a great tower. They planned to build
that tower so high into the sky that it would reach to Heaven.
They told each other that this would make them a great name for
themselves! In their pride, the people thought the high tower would
keep them all together and that none would get lost.
They wanted the tower to be very strong, so they learned how to make bricks,
and cemented these bricks together with tar. Their building method
was probably very similar to the way we cement bricks together today to
build our houses.
I Can't Understand You!
But God was not pleased to see the people building such a big tower.
He did not want all the people to stay in one place where they could
plan to do what ever they liked, as this would make them very proud, and
God hates pride. God plan was for them to live and inhabit other
various parts of the world. And so you know what God did? God
made them all speak in different kinds of languages!
Instead of speaking one language and making plans to build that tower higher
and higher, they just couldn't understand one another at all! Do you
speak and understand another language besides than English? (Let the
children respond). Well, the people got fed up trying to
understand each other and so they started to move away!
A few stayed where they were and some went in one direction, and many in
another. Probably a few could understand each other, and these went
away as a group, while another group who spoke a different language went
away in another direction.
Filled with Pride:
And that's why there are so many languages in the world today. And it
all started because people were proud and wanted to be better than anyone
Pride is when you think you are better than someone else. God hates
pride and when we think we are better than others, we start to think that
we don't need God, and that we can do things better on our own!
We Need God:
But, we always need God, and He wants us to trust and depend on Him, and
always ask Him for help. If you think that you know it all, then you
are going your own way, and you are turning away from God. What about
when you disobeyed your parents or weren't nice to someone? At that
moment you were only thinking about yourself and didn't care how the other
person felt. And that is pride.
Let's ask God for His help so that we will be kind to other people and do
the right things. We will then please God, and please our parents,
and please other people, and please our friends!
And that will be good, won't it?