Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Double Minded Person...

Dallas Willard says, "The 'double minded' person is someone with a reality problem." ... I know a number of the these people!

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

James 1:5-8

Of James 1:5-8 Willard says, "What is going on here? Is it that God is simply punishing people for having doubts? Is he saying, 'Naughty, naughty! I will give you nothing'? That hardly fits with the picture here of God as generous and unreproachful.... I suggest that the problem is not on the giving side, but on the receiving side. Because the 'double-minded' are, as we say, 'on again, off again,' they are not able to receive what they are asking for."


If you feel like God isn't answering your prayers for help, then I suggest you go out, buy yourself a copy of this book and read the rest of the chapter. (Your friends have probably already tried to tell you what your problem is... but perhaps it will be easier to swallow if you read it in a book.)

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