“I hate the double-minded.” Excerpts from Psalm 119
“I am of two minds on that,” some of the older folks use to often say in a situation that is difficult to assess or when the correct course of action is not yet clear. So we respond to the words of the poet Robert Frost in his famous poem, “The Road not Taken”:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
We admire people who pause at a fork in the road. Often they are the ones who are able to see both sides of an issue, and they know how to weigh options.
So why does the writer of this psalm envision God saying, “I hate the double-minded?” What’s so wrong with being of two minds?
Nothing is wrong with being double-minded in the time before making a decision. But, sooner or later, commitment is called for. You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind. Eventually you must put your hand to the plow… it comes time to act. As novelist Albert Camus observed, sometimes we must make a 100 percent commitment to something about which we are only 51 percent certain.
The perpetually double-minded never get very far from home because they get stuck at the first fork in the road. For them – for all of us, at one time or another – it is best to heed the advice of Yogi Berra: “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.”
Dear Lord, meet me at the crossroads. Show me the way I am to go. Then give me the courage to act. In and through Jesus. Amen.
Grace and Peace