Spirit & Life Devotional
Wednesday, June 17
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
The Double-Minded Man
James 1:8 "He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
A double-minded man, as the word suggests, is a man with two minds; he can't make a decision, he can't choose, he can't focus, he's confused. A double-minded man is a doubter; he's always thinking, "will it work?", "can God do it?". A double-minded man sees A and wants to marry her; he sees B and also wants to marry her, because he is uncertain of what he wants! The Bible says people like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
Joshua told the Israelites to choose whom they would serve; Elijah said to them, “You must decide what you are going to do. How long will you keep jumping from one side to the other? If the Lord is the true God, follow him. But if Baal is the true God, then follow him!” And Jesus said without mincing words, “You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one and love the other, or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other."
James said that a double-minded man will not receive anything from the Lord. God wants to hear from people who are sure of what they want from Him. No wonder Jesus asked people what they wanted Him to do! If you want a boy, ask for a boy and keep asking for a boy; if you want a Toyota, ask for a Toyota and keep asking for a Toyota; if you want a Federal job then stop applying to every organization! If you want God to help you then why are you still running from pillar to post, talking to every Tom, Dick and Harry? That's why it's always best to say, "God what would you have me do?" It clears all doubts and then you can make your moves without assumptions.