he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
The one who asks God for wisdom but doubts that God will give him wisdom is double-minded. Doubting seems like typical human behavior when we have a request. We ask for things in hope that we will receive what we ask for. There are times we are told no, there are times we are told maybe, and there are times we are told yes. Asking the government to relieve you of your tax burden – No. Asking your parents for a loan for a down payment on your first house – Maybe. But asking God for wisdom – Yes.
What are the two minds? Paul says they are the old nature and the new nature. Jesus says we must be born again of water and the Spirit. James is revealing that the born again believer with the mind of Christ and the old self with the depraved mind are at odds with each other causing a person to become unstable. The new self wants to fully trust while the old self thrives off of doubt and fear. The Christian who does not fully trust is unstable in all his ways, never fully knowing what it means to trust as he walks in the will of God.
We should not see God through the eyes of man. The double minded man (Dipsychos in greek) asks God then wonders if God will grant him his request. It seems only natural to wonder, yet James points out for the person who has been tried and tested, he is a person of faith and this faith should always rule his thinking. Therefore when God says, “ask for wisdom and I will give it”, there should be no consideration of doubt, rather we should emulate what Jesus said in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”