Why was the building of the Tower of Babel so displeasing to God?
The people's stated aim was to build a tower that reached heaven so they could make a name for themselves. The tower was built to further man's designs and feed his ego -- not to get closer to God. In effect man decided to put himself above God.
We still have this problem today. Secular humanism seeks to make man the measure of all things -- and a relative measure at that.
Without acknowledging God's sovereignty, man has no absolute standard for morals, ethics or behavior. We live in a society that accommodates an "it's okay for you, but it's not right for me" attitude. This effectively lets each man decide right and wrong for himself without any other basis.
I believe it was this arrogant attitude that sparked God's displeasure.
We seem to be prideful when we have no reason to be proud. After all, everything is the Lord's. That includes us when we choose to follow Him.
Help us to be ever mindful that our relationship with You is the most important thing in our lives. Keep us, we pray, from arrogant pride.
In Jesus' most precious name.