“Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares for you” [1 Peter 5:7]
Having considered the renewal of the mind as a key to victory over the world, we turn now to the problem of a divided mind. Various times in Scripture we are warned of the danger of a divided mind. James says that a man who doubts is like the waves of the sea that are tossed to and fro and is double-minded. It is because he is double-minded that he is unstable in all his ways [James 1:7-8]. The result of being double minded is instability and unanswered prayers. Later in his epistle James indicates that double-mindedness is sin and that the double-minded man should purify his heart [James 4:8]. So it is also an issue of holiness.
Peter also speaks about double-mindedness but the translators of the Bible called it care. The word translated “care” in 1 Peter 5:7 comes from two Greek words. The first word is ‘merimna’ from the root word ‘meiro’ which means ‘to divide.’ The second Greek word is ‘noos’ which is translates as ‘the mind’. Now hear 1 Peter 5:7 from this different perspective, “Casting all that divides your mind on Him, because He cares for you.”
There are times especially in illness that I have struggled between trusting God and looking at my circumstances. Have you struggled in the same way? Isn’t it amazing how we get distracted, anxious, and worried when things go wrong or not the way we expect them to work out. It is an issue of double-mindedness and evidence of lack of trust in the Father who loves us and who makes no mistakes. That is why double-mindedness is sin – because it is a lack of faith, and clearly, that which is not from faith is sin [Romans 14:23].
I have discovered that when I specifically repent of this double-mindedness, and repeat God’s promise in 1 Peter 5:7 back to Him, that trust and peace return.
“Faith came singing into my room, And other guests took flight,
Fear and anxiety, doubt and gloom, Sped out into the night;
I wondered that such peace could be, but faith said simply,
“Don’t you see?” Those other guests can’t live with me.”
Is there an area in your life where you have been double-minded? It has hindered faith, caused instability, and made prayer ineffective. Would you bring that now to Jesus, ask for His forgiveness and cleansing and give the burden to Him?