Have you ever found yourself between two different thoughts or opinions and you weren’t sure which one was right? Or maybe you’ve found yourself struggling to choose between various opportunities or choices. We’ve all been there, but God doesn’t want to keep you guessing. He wants to give you clear wisdom and direction.
“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions?“” 1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV)
Notice what Elijah asked. How long will you falter between two opinions? What an amazing question!
Faltering between two opinions creates a weakened condition.
The word falter in the Hebrew literally means to limp around without strength and stability to walk securely. In other words, faltering between two opinions creates a weakened condition.
James 1:5-8 says it this way, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Notice the warning: Anyone who is double-minded—in other words, struggling and going back-and-forth between various thoughts, opinions or choices—will be unstable and tossed around by the issues of life. That’s no way to live! Constantly second-guessing yourself creates confusion and a lack of confidence and ultimately leads to instability. But the Lord does not want you to be unstable. He does not want you to struggle between different opinions, opportunities or choices. He doesn’t want you to waver. He wants to give you clarity to walk confidently and securely, without looking back or second-guessing.
So how do we keep ourselves from faltering between different thoughts and opinions? The answer is simple, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God… and it will be given to him.” In other words, whenever you find yourself needing wisdom and clarity—which, by the way, is all the time—pray about it and ask God for wisdom and direction. He will give it to you!
Ask God for wisdom! And when you hear from Him, settle it in your heart and mind.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Whenever you are second-guessing yourself, it is a sign you are leaning on your own understanding. So what do you do? Trust in the Lord, acknowledge Him, and He will bring clarity and direction. Ask God for wisdom! And when you hear from Him, settle it in your heart and mind without going back and forth. And if you find that you are still second-guessing yourself, continue to press in to God, hear what He is saying to you, and build your faith until you “know that you know.” Only then can you step out in faith and truly walk securely and confidently without a doubt in the world.
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