Double Stable

( [email protected] ) Nov 06, 2003 08:42 AM EST

Early one morning I awoke with the thought "a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8, KJV). Now, I figured the Lord was trying to impress a bit of additional truth on me. When this happens, I know I need to think on this passage for a few days and see what truth I am to learn for my life. I find it helpful to have occasional reminders throughout the day. Sometimes I will write the verse on the board in my office, so that when I look up, I quickly recall the thought of what God wants to develop in me. But somehow I didn’t think it would be good advertising to write this particular Scripture on the board. Who wants others to think they are unstable, let alone double minded? So my shorthand became the first and last parts Double Stable.

After I wrote it I realized that was part of the truth I was to learn. If you are double minded you are unstable. You are tossed back and forth with your thoughts, pros and cons of thought or action. When we are strongly focused on one thought or action, we are single minded. Our hopes, our beliefs, our actions all are in alignment. When our faith is aligned with the Word of God we are in fact double grounded. God’s Word plus my faith is a double. By myself I am not stable. I will fall. I will be deceived. In short, I can get into big trouble without even trying. It is God and His Word that gives the stability to my life. When unforeseen circumstances roll in, they do not have to overwhelm me. I can stand firm. I know what and "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day" (2 Tim 1:12 b, NIV).

In our society of hectic rapid change we begin to feel nothing lasts, nothing is stable. As Christians we can say God’s WORD is stable. "Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever" (Matthew 24:35, NLT). At times it may seem to be the only unchanging element in our lives. We can be stable when the Word is alive in us. We bring stability to those around us when we live our lives grounded on our faith in God’s Word. By our faith and actions in unstable times we point others to the Source who gives our lives balance: the stable One, the Living Word of God.