When Towers Fall

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Genesis 11:1-9

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.” (v. 4)

Pride and sometimes towers can fall as well as rise.

The tallest tower today is Burj Dubai. Its height clears 2,625 feet. Towers which
“reach to the heavens” represent incredible skill and precision. They grow out of
extraordinary imagination and vision. They stand as a living witness to the ingenuity, but
also the ambition, of the human race.

In Dubai one tower rises. In New York on September 11, 2001, two towers fell.
Skyscrapers are not necessarily peacemakers. Even the greatest human achievements can’t
solve sin.

Engineering bigger buildings is one thing; engineering better people is another.
Tragically, we have been reminded of that in the United States. The World Trade Center,
impressive as it was, served in the end as a magnet for the hatred and violence of the
human heart. It will forever “stand” as a symbol of the evil that men do.

There are names made famous by building tall towers. There are names made infamous by
destroying them. Still, there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved
(Acts 4:12). Call on that name today.


Lord, teach us that we can’t build our way up and out of our problems. No

matter how tall the building, it is still under your heaven. So rather than making names

for ourselves on earth, help us to lift up our prayers to you in heaven. In Jesus’