Divided or United

1 Kings 18:21-22  “How long will you waver between two opinions?   If the LORD is God then follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”  

In researching this verse using the Hebrew words, this question could read, “How long will you be lame or limp with a divided mind?”  A divided mind is one that cannot commit.   It is one that doubts, and James 1:6-8 tells us that those who doubt the wisdom God gives are “…like the 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.”  If you do not believe that all of God’s Word is Truth, then each time you read or hear His Word, you will waver trying to decide whether to follow it or not.  A double or divided mind renders us spiritually lame.  Think of how paralyzed you become when you can’t make a decision.  It keeps you from taking the next step.  Isn’t that just where the enemy wants us to be?  Jesus taught in Matthew 13:11-12 that when someone turns from His Word, they are not given anymore knowledge, and even what they have will be taken away. So we become severely handicapped when we ignore the light of God’s Word, and instead choose to follow the dimness of our own worldly wisdom. It’s not that God wants us to “check our minds at the door” as some would say of those who trust in God’s Word, but that He wants us to plug them into the heavenly realms into the mind of Christ.  The only way to do that is to fully trust that His Word is Truth and trust that He will give us the insight, understanding and wisdom.  Will you decide this day to be single-minded and live by all of God’s wisdom and Word?

Just as Jesus said we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24), we cannot serve two wisdoms.  If we waver between the master of God’s wisdom and the master of our own wisdom, we will not accomplish His will.  In 1 Corinthians 1:10, the apostle Paul urged believers to have no divisions among them and to “be perfectly united in mind and thought.”  He went on to say in verse 17 that Christ had sent him to “preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”  Our wisdom and words have no more power than the false gods of 1 Kings, but “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.”  We need to hear and trust in the wisdom and Word of God.  When we trust in our own wisdom, then we each have our own opinion, we are not united and our witness for Christ to the world is limp.  It is through believer’s unity in the knowledge of God that His love is displayed and others are drawn to Him.  “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).  Jesus taught that kingdoms, houses and cities that are divided will fall (Matthew 12:25).  What does that mean for the current, earthly house and people of God if we continue to limp along with a divided mind?

Where are you relying on your own wisdom or other human wisdom?

What might you accomplish for Christ if you committed to trust in all of His Word?

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