Double Standards

"When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me." (Psalm 56:9, emphasis mine) The last part of this verse is something that anyone, regardless (irregardless, too) of intellectual capacity and content, can take a hold of and fly like a flag. But do it humbly. Are there qualifiers? Sure there are. Firstly, I would say our humility plays into whether or not we'll procure anything from God as far as help goes. Peter says "God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5b)

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men (and women) liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." (James 1:5-8)

It isn't so much that God doesn't want to help the person who is double-minded. And let's face it, if you feel you can do everything you need for your life, by all means. But be on the lookout for pride and if you find yourself snapping at someone less fortunate than you--on their way up--know that attitude is not something borne out of a Christlike and humble spirit. "This I know; for God is for me." Unfortunately, not if you're not out to help others in the same position as you (were). But God does want to help the double minded person. The fact that it bi-polar (?) personality is unstable is self-evident. I can attest to mood swings and paradoxically dichotomous states of mind in which I was content to simply bow out from a selfish motive and forget that God wanted to do something with my life. But I also realized that, without God's help and intervention (more than the mere alignment of neurochemistry and divesting of neuroses, seriously) I would never have been able to overcome double-mindedness. Look at what James says later on his letter:

"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." (James 4:8--Verse 9 outlines some of the processes by which one would attain a purer heart--centering again in verse 10 on humility.)

See, James equates "mind" with "heart". Actually, not so much "equates" as "draws a parallel". Before God, for our mind to become aligned with His will for our life, our heart must be right. And this, I find, is the ultimate qualifier for learning to walk in the knowledge that God is for you ("this I know; for God is for me.) The state of our heart.

"The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes." (Proverbs 29:13)

It's a matter of the heart. I know of no better description of humility than childlikeness. Unassuming. Trusting. Willing to believe whatever they're told. Complex ideas notwithstanding, it's almost as if they could (and couldn't) care less about the overarching plans and schemes in the universe, all that's important is now. Playing outside, etc. Try it on, see if it fits and see if God doesn't take care of all the big things that were weighing you down.

"And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set Him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3-4)

It's almost as if double-mindedness boils down to the plucking of petals wondering whether or not God loves you. A childlike mindset (and heart), however, runs through the field of flowers and already knows.



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