Healthy debate can be a good thing. However, when opposing parties refuse to budge and become immovable, debate can lead to division. Anna’s story illustrates the point.
One day, Anna was happily playing in the street when she was hit by a bus and rushed to the hospital. Her divorced parents stood on either side of the bed. The scene was eerily reminiscent of their estrangement-he standing on one side; she on the other. With Anna’s last bit of strength, the girl painfully raised her arm from under the hospital sheet and reached for her father. “Daddy,” she whispered, “give me your hand.” She painfully turned toward her mother: “Mommy,” she said, “give me your hand.” With one last effort, she drew them together. 164
Anna’s heart reflects Christ on the cross. In His death throes, Jesus reached out His hands on the cross to draw us to God. He stretched one hand to the Father and one hand to humanity. Through the ultimate sacrifice, Christ drew us together.
In the same way, though they faced estrangement, the Israelites reached out in peace to their brothers. Perhaps a debate has turned into a division with someone in your life. Is Jesus nudging you to make peace with them? Remember His words: “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God” (Matt.5:9). When you stretch out your hand in a gesture of peace, you will be blessed.
Take everything that comes into your life as being from the hand of God, not from the hand of man.
-Madame Jeanne Marie de la Mothe Guyon p.349
Live Fearlessly A Study in the Book of Joshua Lenya Heitzig & Penny Rose