We make multiple decisions every day. Every decision is first a thought. Elijah challenged the children of Israel. Ahab, their king, worshipped Baal. 1 Kings 18:21 says, “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people answered him not a word.”
Both Moses and Joshua challenged the children of Israel at different times. Deuteronomy 7:6 says, “…the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.” God’s choice was decisive in accord with His character. We are made in the image of God. We have the capacity within us to be decisive.
James helps us understand what happens when one is not decisive. James 1:6 says, “But let him ask in faith…” We have to go back to verse 5 which is in the context of our trials. It says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God…” Verse 6 goes on to say, “…with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
Our character is forged on the anvil of our trials. The dross of doubt, fear, and unbelief may lie hidden. However, when the fiery trial comes, the dross is exposed and brought to the surface.
The children of Israel were double-minded. They faltered between two opinions. They had no courage of their convictions. They were ensnared by foreign gods. James 1:8 says, “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Here is an acrostic for stability: