Guard Yourself Against Double-Minded Thinking

For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 1:7-8

I’m going to be out of town tomorrow on a little family vacation, so I decided to tackle two verses today instead of one. And, I’m kind of glad that it worked out this way, because James 1:7-8 is really just one sentence.

James is continuing his thoughts on doubt in these verses. James has instructed us to ask for wisdom and to be careful to ask without doubting. Those who doubt are like waves of the sea, which are tossed here and there by the wind. He expands on that thought in verses 7-8.

For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

This seems like such a contrary picture to the God that I am used to seeing in Scripture. The Bible, and my personal experience, paints the Lord as a generous and good Father. He loves to give good gifts to His children. Why would He not want to give good gifts to a person who is struggling with doubts? Well, I think we need to remember what the doubts are about. James is warning us not to doubt that God will keep His promises. When we doubt that God will do what He says that He will do, we are attacking the very character of God. We are saying that the One who is the Source of truth, Who is the very Truth, is capable of falsehood. We are equating the very character trait that is associated with the devil (lies – the Bible calls Satan the “Father of Lies”) with God.

Why would God bless a person who is essentially ascribing a character trait of the devil to the Triune God? Such people are double-minded. They profess to believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. At the same time they doubt that Jesus is telling the truth. Jesus cannot be the Truth and a liar at the same time. Thinking this way about God is double-minded thinking and it makes you double-minded and unstable.

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Meditate today on what it means for Jesus to be the Truth and how His wisdom could help you make more disciples for Jesus Christ. Thank Him for the blessings in your life, and for the gift of wisdom. Praise God that there is no falsehood in him whatsoever.

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