The Double-Minded Man
Ever had double vision where your brain saw one picture twice, overlapping and leaving you disoriented? James warns that we can be double-visioned or double-minded (literally, “double-souled”) in our view of and relationship to God. When we pray or think about the Lord, a competing thought or picture may enter our minds, such as a lust for money or distaste over God’s providence in our lives. Suddenly, a real contest arises over which vision we prefer. Then we have doubts, and doubts have a way of multiplying, producing a double-minded soul. This is a serious challenge to our faith. Jesus spoke of this danger in Matthew 6:24, likening it to trying to serve two masters, which is impossible. This is double-mindedness, and it blows cold air on a heart aflame.