Worldwide Wednesdays: Make a Definite Decision!

A double-minded man is a man who can be said to have two souls, whose heart is divided between God and the world, and is not simply given up to him, nor entirely confides in him for the direction, aid, and support which he stands in need of, is unstable in all his ways. Being without the true wisdom, he perpetually disagrees both with himself and others, and will be perpetually running into inconsistencies of conduct, while those imperfect impressions of religion which he feels serves a purpose to perplex and torment than to guide and confirm him in the right way. Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles, such exercises are sent from God’s love, and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown in eternity. Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us, whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and foolishness. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, To any that ask, it shall be given.
A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt in the world, but such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God. Those of low degree may rejoice, if they are exalted to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God, and the rich may rejoice in humbling providences, that lead to a humble and lowly disposition of mind. Worldly wealth is a withering thing. Knowing this is the case, let him that is rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble, and in the trials and exercises which teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from perishing enjoyments. The word here used, A “double minded man”, occurs only here and in James 4: 8. It means, properly, one who has two souls, then one who is wavering or inconstant. It is applicable to a man who has no settled principles, who is controlled by passion, who is influenced by popular feeling, who is now inclined to one opinion or course of conduct, and now to another.
“Is unstable in all his ways”, That is, not merely in regard to prayer, the point that is really been discussed here, but in respect to everything. From the instability which the wavering must change in regard to prayer, the apostle takes care to make the general remark concerning such a man, that stability and firmness could be expected on no subject. The hesitancy which manifested on that one subject would extend to all, and we might expect to find such a man irresolute and undetermined in all things. This is always true. If we find a man who takes hold of the promises of God with firmness, who feels the deepest assurance when he prays that God will hear prayer, who always goes to him without hesitation in his perplexities and trials, never wavering, we shall find one who is firm in his principles, steady in his integrity, settled in his determinations, and steadfast in his plans of life, a man whose character we shall feel that we understand, and in whom we can confide.


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