It’s difficult to stand at the base of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and look up toward its top reaching 2,717 feet—over half a mile—into the sky and not feel a sense of awe. Or to gaze upon the pyramids in Egypt and not marvel at how they were constructed without modern cranes and equipment. These structures stand as monuments that testify to what humanity can achieve. And yet, they also stand condemning us for how little we can achieve. All it takes is seeing a bird flying high above these structures to humble our thinking.
Our perceived greatness is relative. The structures we build are massive in our eyes but tiny in God’s. That is why He had to “come down” to see the tower in Babel. Our good works may earn the respect of others, but they are no better than filthy rags in God’s eyes (Isa. 64:6). The problem is that we use the wrong standard, which leads to the wrong definition of “greatness.” We are not our own measure—God is. This is what God would teach the people of Babel and what He teaches us.
What are some areas in your life that you tend to evaluate by the wrong standards of the world? How has God been kind to humble you in these areas?