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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” (Genesis 11:4–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Today’s technology is yesterday’s science fiction. Tomorrow, it will be passé. What once existed only in our imagination is now likely something we’ve come to rely upon in our daily lives. And who knows what lies on the brink of development? When will it stop? Is it possible that we have come to the point that “nothing [we] plan to do will be impossible for [us]?” Or will be reach a point where God says, “this far you [have] come [but] no farther; here is where your [pride in technology] halt[s]?” (Job 38:11, NIV 1984). “Come, let us go down and confound their [technology]?”
Think about what would happen to civilization if suddenly overnight all the technology developed in the last 100 years or so (a really short span of time in recorded history) ceased to exist. Everything stored in the “cloud” or electronically is gone. Fortunes lost and financial chaos. Communication over any distance at all becomes problematic. Transportation would grind to a crawl. Healthcare would become palliative care for millions. It is likely that we would literally return to the “dark ages” as our means for generating electricity becomes severely limited. Overnight the convenience of technology would become the curse of technology.
We do not know if something like these lies in our future. But we do know some things that do by reading through Revelation. The chaos and suffering would be just as severe, even more so. “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21–22, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Ask yourself this, “on what are you basing this confidence of yours?” (2 Kings 18:19, NIV 1984). Do not put too much confidence in the technology of this world. Do not become too reliant on the comforts of this world. If it is not in the Lord, it is misplaced.