From both the Old and New Testaments, we see that division is not a good thing. In Mark 3:25 Jesus says, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” A house divided will never succeed, because there is constantly a war within it’s walls. Every attempted step forward is challenged, and there can be no progress. In the same vein, James 1:6-8 says, “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” The double-mind man vacillates between his belief and doubt. Such a person is unsure about every step he takes, and as a result, he takes very few steps.
It is apparent that unity is prized; it is highly regarded. Because division brings failure and instability, it would stand to reason that unity would bring success and stability. When our house is united, it will stand. When our mind is united, we will be stable. When our heart is united, we will fear God.
Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your name.” In order to fear God, we must first know God. Throughout the Bible, and (hopefully) in our own lives, God has revealed His character to us. One of the things He has shown is that He is altogether trustworthy. If our hearts are divided, we may find ourselves with fear (worry or anxiety) for our circumstances or uncertainties. It is easy to say that we trust God, but oftentimes, we are divided in our trust. We can claim to trust God, but we still cling to our doubts and worries. When our hearts are divided, we are unable to focus solely on God and to fear (respect and reverence) Him. When we allow our hearts to be divided, we allow a portion of ourselves focus on something other than God.
Focusing on God allows us to see that we do not need to be fearful or worried, we need only to fear and trust Him. When we focus wholeheartedly on Him, we will not be focused on our circumstances. Where is your focus lately?