Genesis 11:5 reads, “But the Lord came down to see the city and tower which the sons of men had built.” This Scripture and a few others have been speaking to my heart recently. Specifically, ‘the Lord came down.’
There is nothing that God does not know but yet in His omniscience (all embracing knowledge) He makes it a point to come down and see what is going on. And not only that but to do something about it. Side note. Sometimes we go and see what is going on with something and when we get there we can’t or many times, we don’t, do a thing about it. BUT GOD. Not God. If He’s coming down to see about something, you better believe that He is going to do something.
But anyway, in this particular instance, God decided to come down and see what the people were doing. He knew that they were building a tower, but if they were allowed to keep doing that, there would be no stopping them and it would open the door to all sorts of things for them to do. And that was not good because their motives were not right. Know this that if you are in agreement, if you are WITH one accord, there is extreme power at your disposal. We don’t truly understand how much we can do if we would simply get in agreement, especially WITH the Word of God. But they were not operating under the commandment of God, so because of that God had to come down to confuse their language and break their communication. And the work ceased because they could no longer understand each other. Hear this, the work ceases because we can no longer understand each other… you are on one page and I am on another. But that’s a message by itself, so we will save that for another time.
God came down when Sodom and Gomorrah became evil. The Bible says “And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.” (Genesis 18:20-21) And God came down and we know the rest of the story He had a discussion with Abraham and destroyed the whole city but not until after He knew Abraham was safe. God will come down and bring judgment with Him, but He will give His people the opportunity to be saved from it. Lot’s wife had the opportunity but because she looked back when she wasn’t supposed to, she was not saved. Hear this. You have opportunity to be delivered from some things but because you choose to look back (backslide) you are not. Jesus came down to save us (and deliver us)! Hallelujah!
God comes down to speak to us. He comes down to encourage us. He came down and visited with Abraham to personally pronounce the blessing upon His life. He wanted Abraham to know how He was going to make possible the covenant He had given to Abraham. He came down and spoke to Abraham to let Him know that he and his wife Sarai would bear a son and through his son, all the nations of the world would be blessed.
Jesus came down from heaven to comfort the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The pre-incarnate Jesus came down to stand in the midst of the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The Bible says there were four men in that furnace. He came down to shut the lion’s mouth when Daniel was in the lion’s den.
We have to know that in the very same way God comes down for us. He cares about us. He loves us so much that when we find ourselves someplace we don’t need to be (and I am talking spiritually for the most part), thinking things that we don’t need to be thinking about, worrying about stuff, being afraid and doubtful, losing faith and hope, He comes down. When someone has mistreated us, caused us to lose sleep, to cry, to hurt, God sees that and He will come down and address it. (Remember Aaron and Miriam who spoke about the man of God, Moses… God came down and had a little talk with them).
We have to know that He WILL come down for us and that He does. Because He lets us know when He does. He’ll send someone to come and speak a Word to us when we thought the world forgot about us. He’ll send messages of hope through the internet and emails and text messages, just when we need it. And not a second too late, we’ll receive an envelope in the mail or cash delivered through the hand of a stranger. That’s God coming down.
Someone we have been praying for, who the doctors have said there is nothing else we could do, suddenly gets better. And it’s immediate. Instantaneous HEALING! Miraculous healing! That’s God coming down and doing something about what the doctors have said, letting the world know, “Let God be true and every man be a liar.” When there is turmoil and chaos all around us and all we want is some peace, then all of a sudden a Word is spoken and silence fills the air. That’s God. That’s the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. That’s Him stepping in the situation.
Even though God knows everything, God chooses to come down to get a closer look at what is going on. And when He does, He judges the matter firsthand. And in some instances it brings judgment, and in some, comfort. But God loves you and He WILL come down for you. You are important to Him and worth coming down for. Know that today. I do.
God is good and He is real.
A servant of the Lord,