Divisions: A Timely Word

Refusing to acknowledge that it is God that has broken us up and seeing only the folly that men have wrought, we shut out all hope of recovery for those who desire to be faithful to God. With men before us, we are thinking of those who can break up but have no power to recover, whereas God can break up and God can recover.
Seeing only men as causing divisions has led many sincere people to the false conclusion that, if men cause divisions, men also have the power to remedy them. Hence the efforts that are made to bring the people of God together again are foredoomed to failure and worse than failure, for they only add to the confusion already existing among the people of God.
To bring together is beyond the wisdom of man; it is God’s work. We can destroy, we can scatter, and we can break hearts, but “the Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psa. 147:23).
J. N. Darby