A “double-minded” person wavers back and forth between two opinions or two beliefs. This person has not wholly given himself to God or fully accepted all that the Scriptures reveal about Him.
James says this man will never receive anything from the Lord (1:7) and is “unstable in all his ways” (1:8}. This person desperately needs the strengthening power that comes from the Word of God! Feelings will lead us astray, circumstances may show the facts, but what we really need is the TRUTH! And the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is found only in God’s Word!
It is in the holy Scriptures that God reveals Who He really is, and what He wants to do for us and through us. His Word will not disappoint us, for not even “one jut or tittle will pass away” (Matt 5:18). We can have confidence, unshakable faith, when we know what the Word of God says on any given subject having to do with life and godliness.
The whole world is full of conflicting opinions, each of them fighting for our attention and allegiance. Those opinions change constantly according to what is popular or what seems to fit within our culture at the moment.
My wife and I lived right near the ocean on the Oregon coast. Our weather changed constantly, even several times in one day. It would go from a rainy downpour to bright sunshine and back to rain again. We used to say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait for half an hour and it will change!” Men’s opinions are like that. They may declare something as absolute truth one day, and deny it just as fervently the next day.
Thank God His Word is not like that!
“Forever, 0 Lord, Your word is settled (stands firm) in heaven “(Ps 119:89).
Changing A Nation
There are many excellent examples of the strengthening fire of God’s Word in the Scriptures. One of the most powerful is found in 2 Chronicles 34 and 35. This is an historical account of Josiah’s reign in the Kingdom of Judah around 640 BC. He was only eight years old when he became king, and he was one of the few godly kings Judah had.
In the eighth year of his reign, Josiah began to diligently seek the Lord (see 2 Chronicles 34:3). He was only 16 years old at the time; but the result of this young man’s earnest seeking of God’s face was great spiritual reform in his nation.
Something profound happened during the reign of Josiah, changing the destiny of the nation of Judah.
While the temple that Solomon had built was under repair, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord (34:14). When the Scriptures were read to King Josiah, he tore his clothes (a sign of repentance in Jewish culture).
Josiah then inquired of the Lord, gathered all of the elders of Judah and read all the Scriptures to them. He then led all the people, great and small, to the temple where they renewed their covenant with the God of their fathers.