“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
Jesus talked about double-mindedness in the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “No man can serve two masters…” (Mt 6:24). Elijah said to Israel, in I Kings 18:21 “How long will you falter between two opinions?” All through the Bible God illustrates double-mindedness because He wants to show us how it neutralizes faith and fosters instability.
The Greek word for double in our title verse is the Greek word, dipsuchos; Di–meaning two, and psuchos meaning breathe or spirit. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines it as being two-spirited. The Bible teaches that instability comes from being double-minded – which is a form of doubt. Speaking of doubt, have you ever wondered why Doubt is spelled the way it is? It’s actually taken from the word, double, or being of two minds. Webster’s Dictionary defines doubt as “…a fluctuation of mind regarding truth or propriety arising from defective knowledge or evidence.” Therefore, double-mindedness and doubt arise from insufficient knowledge or evidence that keeps people in a state of mental fluctuation, preventing them from taking hold of the Truth.
Many Christians, who are up one day and down the next, are unstable because they have defective knowledge, which causes them to vacillate between two opinions and renders them unstable in both. A deficient knowledge of God might be the presumption that God is mad at them and they are being punished for something. Others think God teaches them through sickness or hardship. No! God doesn’t teach us through sickness or hardship. He sent His Spirit to teach us. He gave us His Word to correct us. He said, Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest! Yet, many believe that their situation is different somehow so they fluctuate and never lay hold of the truth that will set them free!
In some instances it’s to our advantage that we leave familiar surroundings and spend time with God in His Word. By doing so, we can eradicate ourselves from natural influences and allow the Word of God to bring correction (II Tim 3:16) and receive God’s instruction. After all, it’s the truth that we KNOW that will make us free, and a single-minded man is a STABLE man, in whom God can invest His true riches!