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Decisions are a part of life. We make choices every day about all kinds of things, from the simplest decisions to very complicated ones. Nothing hinders good decision-making more than confusion.
Confusion is mixed or contradictory ideas and opinions about something. It is a lack of clarity about a direction. It creates emotional distress and frustration. Confused people get stuck in the paralysis of analysis.
The Bible uses a phrase that aptly describes this condition. It’s called “double-minded.” The apostle James spoke about the dangers of “double-mindedness” in James 1:5-8 (NIV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
The original Greek word for “double-minded” refers to “someone with two souls or two minds” competing against one another. One part of their mind pulls in one direction and a second part pulls in another. Indecision, inactivity and ineffectiveness are the results. This person lives a “flip-flop” life, tossed around by the emotions of the moment. They are confused.
The cure to confusion is a mind filled with faith and focused on God’s promises. When our hearts and minds are full of faith, we can move forward in the face of questions and uncertainty. Confusion is conquered by faith!