Our souls are a wryly thing. Like the ocean, they can be calm, inviting, tranquil and at peace. But, if the wind blows the sea becomes agitated, menacing—a big ugly mess. James even compared one who doubts to “A wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
And therefore not able to receive anything from God being a “Double-minded man unstable is all his ways.” James 1:8.
“Double-minded” literally means “two-souls.” Just like a wave driven and tossed by the wind, our souls can also be driven and tossed.
Our soul is a magnifier. It will magnify anything it focuses on. It can “worry itself sick” focusing on “what if”. Or, it can experience the “deep serene peace of God” by focusing on “God.” Our souls are magnificent creations, created in the image of God, and designed by God to enjoy all the wonders and delights of His creation. Our souls have been redeemed by God to be renewed in the knowledge of the image of Christ. As this happens, we experience all that Jesus has accomplished for us in Himself. Our souls become calm and quieted “like a weaned child with his mother.” Psalm 130:2
The word of God is our stability in unstable times. The word of God reveals Jesus and leads us to Him experientially, and thus releasing the healing emotions of the Holy Spirit through our soul. Our bodies in turn can receive the life of God and we find ourselves in wholeness. It takes practice and understanding when and how we bring our souls into rest, but the rewards are beyond anything we can obtain through any other means.