"None of his steps shall slide"

James speaks of "a double minded man" as being "unstable in all his ways" (1:8). The Psalmist takes up the subject in an entirely different manner: "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.... The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide" (Ps. 37:29,31). The difference between the righteous individual and the double-minded one is that the law of God predominates in the heart of the one but not in that of the other.

The "double minded man"—a combination of contrary qualities —seems both to live and to die in the flesh, to be alternately well or sick, strong or weak, as circumstances determine. Believing ourselves to be such a man, we are unsettled and insecure. Not distinguishing between falsity and verity, we are as apt to give way to fear as to stand with courage, as apt to be wrong as to be right.

"Love ye . . . the stranger"
January 20, 1962

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