Waffling or flip-flopping, by today’s definition, is a verb often used to describe a person (in a Christian context) who is indecisive, who lacks a strong sense of Christian commitment and character.
Are you like that?
Are you trying to walk both sides of the road: following the way of Christ and following the way of the world at the same time?
Chances are, you are confused in your mind and restless in your thoughts. You’re still living according to your fleshly passions, rather than by the Spirit of God who wants to free you from all instability and sin.
A double-minded person.
The Book of James describes you as a double-minded person who is unstable in all their ways:
“But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver [waffle], for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. A double-minded person is unstable in everything they do.” – James 1:6-8
Double-minded believers are like waves in the sea, tossed to and fro, by every emotion, inclination or influence. One day you are up, and the next day you’re down. One moment you’re living for God, the next day you’re allowing the devil to control you. When you’re in church, you act like a Christian, but when you’re around worldly people, you tell dirty jokes, curse, lie and cheat – just like everyone else.
How long will you allow this to go on?
You are halted between two opinions. You need to make up your mind to be sincere with God and genuinely live for Christ. Not just in church on Sundays, but the rest of the week as well. If you don’t make a commitment to be a true Christian you’ll be laughed about by your worldly friends and labeled as just another hypocrite (and we have too many of those already in the church). Even your prayers will go unanswered. God will not approve of your waffling, and hold back His blessings until you stop flip-flopping.
Stop right now and pray. Ask God to forgive you. Promise Him you’re going to stop wavering in your commitment to Christ, and sincerely ask Him to give you the strength and grace you need to become a better Christian – one who shuns evil and makes wise choices. One who embraces a life of integrity and refuses to compromise his Christian convictions – no matter who criticizes you, or how many friends you may lose. That is the cross all true Christians must be willing to bear. Jesus said, if we refuse to take up our cross daily, we cannot be His disciples (Luke 14:26)
Allow God to transform you into the man or woman He created you to be. Desire to become a person who is steadfast in their faith, without hesitation. Despite life’s perplexities and trials, never waver, stand firm in your principles, steady in your integrity, and settled in your determinations – a person whose moral character anyone can understand, and in whom God can bless and confide.
– Luis Josephus
For further study:
Read about the children of Israel’s wavering between serving Jehovah God or serving Baal. The prophet Elijah rebuked them, saying:
“Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver [Waffle] between two opinions? If the LORD [Jehovah] is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’ But the people said nothing.” – 1 Kings 18:21