Proverbs 28: King James Bible
Double Minded – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verse 9
9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Double Minded
Why would I call this devotion “Double Minded?” The best way to get our minds around this verse (aside from asking the Lord to open our eyes to his truth), is to take it as literally as possible. What I mean is, there isn’t anything poetic or figurative going on here.
To be literal, if someone is turning away their ears to the law, then they must’ve been listening in the first place. Makes sense right? The verse above isn’t referring to those who are ignorant of the law, or misunderstand it.
It isn’t talking about making mistakes, or succumbing to sin in a moment of spiritual weakness. It isn’t talking about people who are led astray by a variety of doctrine (they’ve got a different set of things to worry about at that point).
The Lord is talking to believers! He is not talking to those who wouldn’t be praying to him in the first place. He is talking to every one of us individually, that are called by his name, rather than talking about someone else.
Being double minded is the sense that the Father is good for some things, but the world is good for others (in their lives). For how long has the Lord been forced to deal with people who come to him during times of trouble, yet turn to the Devil to have a good time? I’m confident that most of us at some point in our lives can attest to either knowing someone like that or being someone like that. I’m guilty of having done this in the past myself.
You don’t have to conjure up the Devil to turn to him for anything, just turn from the will of the Lord and Satan’s got all kinds of good stuff waiting for you to partake in. The only problem is, the end therein will be ruin.
If someone is turning their ears away from hearing the law, they are turning the rest of their body as well. After all, where the head goes, the body must follow. If we are turning our ears away from the Father, then who are we turning to?
A double minded person gets nothing from the Lord. He counts the prayers of these people as an abomination! It isn’t easy to come up with a stronger word than that to describe the Lord’s feelings and outlook on something he finds loathsome. Nobody who believes in the Lord, wants to “imagine” that the Father counts their prayers as an abomination.
Being double minded takes liberties that we aren’t invited to take. What we want to “imagine” the Lord feels about something is irrelevant. His Word tells us things such as the scripture above, so that there isn’t any guesswork involved, no excuses, and no space for imagination or double mindedness.
Best way to avoid being double minded, and avoid our prayers from becoming an abomination, would be to make sure that our heart is right with him. If a person’s heart is right with the Lord, then he wouldn’t dream of deliberately turning his ears from hearing the law (or his Word, commandments, etc.).
If a person’s heart is true toward the Lord, there is no double minded beliefs or actions, but rather a single mind. As we constantly see proven throughout the entire book of Proverbs, the Lord concentrates on the heart, because everything we do and why we do it, launches from there.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
James 1: King James Bible
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 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. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 4: King James Bible
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Thank you for the truth of your Word, and for opening our eyes to your ways. Please help all of us who are called by your name to not forsake the words that have come out of your mouth, and the instruction that you have stored up and preserved for us. If any time we’ve been guilty of turning to your enemies rather than you, please forgive us for this, as your Word clearly says that you are faithful to forgive. Cleanse us from all defilement from our daily comings and goings, and rout out anything that needs to be removed, that has ever come between you and us. Thank you Lord for your steadfast love. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Having taken an honest assessment of your life, are you guilty of being double minded?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 4 P.34 – Hearing the Word of God
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 10 P.97 – Wise in Heart
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 21 P. 308 – The Poor
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 23 P. 348 – Apply your Heart
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 3 P.16 – Favor from God