“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:24-25 ESV).
Although these verses illustrate the illogic of Satan acting against himself and how a house or kingdom divided cannot stand, it’s a wise caution for us as individuals as well.
The world constantly pulls us in one direction while God seeks to pull us in another. Sin versus righteousness. Yet how often do we want a little of both? Surely God won’t begrudge me a little taste of this sin over here as long as I practice some righteousness over there, will he?
Sometimes I am like a dog who chases a ball and sees a squirrel. I freeze, torn. Should I keep my eyes on the ball or go after the squirrel? I am double-minded, uncertain.
James warns against being double-minded: “he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”(1:8) And, “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy with God.” (4:4). Revelation 3:15-18 further warns against being double-minded: “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
To pause can be good when tempted by the squirrel (the world), however. As long as we don’t pause too long. That moment can remind us that the ball (God) is safer. Unlike the squirrel, it doesn’t bite or scratch, and there’s no potential for rabies.
God’s ways may not always be as exciting, but they are eternally safer.