In verse 1, we see something remarkable for any large group of people, but especially for the Israelites. The passage says that the people “gathered as one man.” This is remarkable unity. So often when groups of people are in proximity to one another—and all the more in our current cultural climate—we too often try to segment people based on our differences instead of uniting around our commonalities. Not so in this moment. The Israelites had experienced the goodness of God, they were working toward the purposes of God, and they united together in that moment. It is true that, among the people of God, there will always exist reasons for us to be divided. Personality conflicts, theological conflicts (within the bounds of orthodoxy), methodological conflicts, and so on, all exist. And yet, the work of God must triumph over those things. We need to unite to see God’s work accomplished.
What Christians do you find it difficult to partner together with? Could God be calling you to work intentionally with more believers to see the work of God accomplished?