Further reading: Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:12-16; Hebrews 2:18
The hearts of man have not changed since the sons of Noah. After God had told them to be fruitful and multiply across the face of the earth, they instead decided to come together to build the Tower of Babel. It directly opposed God’s command; they thought only of themselves. Selfishness and pride were once again at work in their hearts.
We each have areas of temptation in our hearts; desires that we think can be fulfilled by some kind of tangible renown. The enemy used this against Jesus during His temptation in the wilderness while He was without food and water for forty days and forty nights. Satan appealed to Jesus’s earthly hunger when he tried to provoke Him to turn stone into bread. In His weakened condition, the enemy dared Jesus to throw Himself from the temple turret to see if God would send an angel to rescue Him. Lastly, after taking Jesus to a high mountain peak, Satan offered Him the visible kingdoms of the world if He worshiped him. Jesus’s response immediately quickens our spirit because every single day we come against this temptation and yet we know we cannot worship two masters.
God knows the state of our hearts. What we try to build up for ourselves reveals the true conditions of our hearts. Those who tried to build the Tower of Babel were trying to glorify their own names instead of God’s. When we’re tempted, we are choosing between our selfish desires and honoring God’s will. The things we desire are always temporary. Even the highest or strongest tower built by stone and clay will come crashing down. But the choices we make to honor God, even when we cannot immediately see them, will have eternal rewards.