A House Divided Cannot Stand

A House Divided Cannot Stand

Written by Elder Connie Balthrop

As I ponder the awful state of affairs in our national government and offer consistent prayers for the innocent government workers, contractors, and vendors that are suffering and being used as pawns in a contentious and deeply divided atmosphere, it is so easy for me to become frustrated and downright angry with … who?  There are no innocent parties here; there’s enough blame to go around.

As corny as it may sound, this reminds me of the Scripture concerning Martha and Mary (Luke 10: 38-42).  Martha was busy preparing for the meal while Mary was seated at Jesus’ feet.  There are so many times when we, like Martha, are overwhelmed with all that needs to be done (or changed) and we are drawn to get busy. And yet, we don’t really know what to do or how to do it! That is exactly the time that we need to do what Mary chose to do – sit at Jesus’ feet and let Him instruct us.

My spiritual mother, Elder Lisa Clay, once said that God asked her if she could unscramble eggs.  “Of course not!”, she replied.  God responded, “I can.”  WOW!  What comfort there is in knowing that no matter what the situation looks like, no matter how confused things become, God can unscramble it!  In fact, He promises to unscramble it!  So, in these days of strife, confusion, discord, and irreconcilable differences, be encouraged knowing that God is at work sorting out the mess.  In fact, He just may want to use you as one of His solutions!  So, we need to keep a clear head and listen for His instruction. Trust that justice and truth will prevail.

Let us be diligent to seek God for direction, maintain a positive attitude of expectation, intercede for those who are in harm’s way, and pray for our leaders that their hearts would be turned toward God and that they would seek unity.

Above all else, we must seek unity, for a house divided cannot stand.

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