James 1:8

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

A double-minded man is one who claims to be a believer but acts like an unbeliever, especially when he faces a severe trial. He shows bitterness and resentfulness in times of trials. Instead of trusting God for help and to do His will, he relies on human strength and resources, and pursue unscriptural ways to resolve his problems. He acts as though God doesn’t care or will not deliver His people from their troubles. While he speaks of God, he acts as a man who only trusts in himself and his ways. He acts as if he had two wills.

So James said, concerning such a double-minded man, that he “is unstable in all his ways”. He is unstable not only in prayer life, but in all his activities. He might offer occasional prayers to God, but chooses to go along with ungodly friends, and worldly ways that are unscriptural. The double-minded man is inconsistent in his purposes and pursuits, and hence, temptations and trials will easily overcome him.

May none of us behave like a double-minded person. Let everyone examine himself. Seek the Lord’s help to maintain an unwavering faith that wholly rests in the Lord in all circumstances of life. Everyone who refuses to turn away from the Lord can be certain of the promise: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3).

Prabhudas Koshy