“Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves'” (Genesis 11:4)
These were the words of men who planned to build the Tower of Babel. There was every reason why their plans should succeed. They had the know-how. They were all of one mind and they had a common purpose – to accomplish something lasting in life, something that would outlive them.
There was a strange old man named Noah. He built an enormous ark while people laughed at him for years. But he didn’t care. He was working under orders – and he was not concerned that he might have looked ridiculous.
The Tower of Babel was a failure..
The Ark became an instrument of success…
Perhaps the difference in accomplishment stemmed from the difference in incentive – “Whose name was at stake?”
“Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name” (From “There’s Something About That Name” by Bill and Gloria Gaither.)