Do Not Be Double-Minded
What does the Bible mean when the Bible says that ‘a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways’.? What does the term ‘double-minded’ actually mean? The word translated is ‘dipsuchos’, dis, meaning “twice”, and psuche meaning “mind”. This word ‘double-minded’ should conjure up images of someone who is uncertain or half-hearted and divided where their loyalty is concerned and vacillating in their thoughts, decisions and actions. We have all been in this mindset at one time or another. Even great men of the Bible suffered double-mindedness when the heat was turned up in their lives. John the Baptist was convinced that Jesus Christ was the sent One. He was so convinced that he began to cry out to anyone who would listen and he witnessed both the Holy Spirit and the voice of God, when he baptized Jesus. However, when John was arrested (and soon beheaded), he sent his men to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the Coming One or do we look for another”? (Luke 7:19-20) John was having his doubts. Though feelings can persuade us and bring us into a double-minded state, we are not to give into these fickle feelings. We may not change, right away, about how we feel about something or someone, but we can make a decision about how we will act or what we will say that will be pleasing to God.
And what does the Bible mean when the Bible states that a double-minded man is ‘unstable in all his ways’? Doubt or uncertainty, will inevitably produce instability. Instability brings us into doubting God and hesitating to step forward concerning His Will for our lives. This can affect us in our working with the Lord. If we doubt God, our prayer life will suffer. Why pray (earnestly) to a God we cannot trust? If we doubt His Word, then why obey what He has told us to do? If we doubt the rewards He has promised us, then why would we bother to press on and press through? If we doubt His power, then we will become hesitant about telling others about the goodness of God. If we doubt that He cares for us, then we will not cast our cares upon Him. And the list goes on. Bottom line is, our Christian lives may become completely damaging to the Christian faith and unconvincing to ourselves as well as others.
We are logical thinkers by nature. But, this thinking should never interfere with what we are believing about God. An ignorance and lack of knowledge about the Bible (God’s Word) will cause us to HAVE to rely upon our own reasonings and conclusions (as long as we are striving to learn the Will of God, God will protect even the ignorant). And these reasonings and conclusions will be swayed by our feelings and our need to be accepted into society. Therefore the cure for double-mindedness is knowing what is the desire and will of God. We might waver a bit, but as long as we come back to the Word of God, we will come back to the truth which will stabilize our minds, and stabilization is an ongoing process.