“And God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
From the beginning we see, believe it or not, that it is sometimes necessary for division to occur so that life can be possible. In the creation account, God divided the light from the darkness so that each could serve its own unique purpose. Every human being started as a single cell in their mother’s womb. But for a body to be formed, that single cell had to divide and become two; two had to become four and so on. Without that division, there would not have been a body to emerge from the womb.
In the life of God’s people, there has been and, sometimes necessarily must be, division. How can we know if it’s coming from Him? Initially, it might prove difficult to tell but we do know for certain that, when it does come from Him, it will lead to life. Imagine how distraught Abraham must have been when he was required to leave his country, his family and everything he was familiar with (Gen. 12). Later, he had to separate from his nephew Lot and, later still, from Ishmael. Yet we see that this division was necessary that there might be a nation of faith, called Israel.
While we shouldn’t go around looking for things to divide over, keep in mind that when it comes, it might possibly be God working in our lives to bring about His purpose for us.
Blessings and Shalom,