“For the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:8 (NRSV)
Know what you believe and walk firmly in it. A mind that waivers is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. It treats God’s word like any human advice and retains the option to disobey. When situations arise that call for us to make a decision, if our beliefs are not firmly rooted in God’s word, we will sway to the side of error – to the philosophies and practices of this world.
The double-minded person is unreliable because their mind is never made up. One moment they determine to trust God with all their heart, and in the next they place their trust in the volatile things of this world. This person’s Christianity is not a dependable fact, but an uncertain quantity, without value. It follows then, that not only is this person’s prayers a matter of chance, but they are unreliable in everything that they turn to.
Do we have a deeply grounded faith in God and his word? Are we convinced that he will do what he promises? The word of God is not open for personal interpretation and selection according to our feelings at a given time. God’s word is true and final either all the time or not. In order to avoid double-mindedness God’s word must be the measuring line which determines all our daily choices, our words and our behaviour. God’s help is a prayer away.
“Father I commit myself wholeheartedly to you. Help me to trust you deeply and forgive me for my doubt. Thank you.”