[God said] “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11:7 ESV
To better understand the concept of confusion, imagine a stranger going into your kitchen and emptying the contents of all your cupboards onto the kitchen floor. What a mess. Or, imagine someone going into your computer and re-naming files and then changing their location. Just the thought of that probably creates panic.
God introduced confusion as a judgment. The peoples of the earth unified to build a tower for their own fame. God wouldn’t share His glory with anyone so to cripple their efforts, he separated them into a people of many languages. If they couldn’t understand one another, they wouldn’t be able to work together. They would disperse and re-group.
External chaos and chaotic thinking are still signs of evil. One who is in the grip of the evil one often lives in cobwebs. No matter how much you try to understand them and their behavior, the more confused you become. You just can’t ever reach solid confusions that make sense because their internal world is host to endless contradictions. The best thing any of us can do is stop trying to make sense of what is senseless.
At Babel, God pronounced judgment on evil by introducing languages to confuse and scatter. At Pentecost, He brought order and interpretation to many languages and created a holy unity.
I have noticed that when the battle is the strongest, so is confusion. It’s hard to think. Distractions abound. Jesus, the One who declared, ‘Peace be still’ to the chaos of the storm, is the same One to bring order to our disordered world.
Quiet and serenity is mine, in You. Thank you for silencing demonic chatter. Amen