This cat is enjoying ice cream almost as much as I do! Our Tiger never tasted the stuff because I was always unwilling to share. However, I have given him as taste of yogurt and he was thrilled. I imagine many cats enjoy foods that involve milk or cream. But I still remember the veterinarian warning us that the digestive system of an adult cat does not take too well to drinking milk. Although the taste is delicious, it is not so good for him.
Today’s verse records the advice of one of Job’s three friends. Elihu was eager to help Job discover the reason for his troubles. He had a lot to say but it was off the mark. Certainly, we are to test what we hear and listen with discernment. Just as we taste food to see if it has a pleasing flavor, so we “taste” what we hear to decide if it rings true. The problem is that we all have differing taste buds. What seems right and good to one can seem wrong and sour to another. Our subjectivity gets in the way of finding absolute truth.
Thankfully, we do not have to discern for ourselves what is right. It is not up to us to come to some sort of consensus. God’s Law goes beyond individual opinion or cultural norms. God’s Law does not change with the times. Surveys and votes do not change what God has put in place. And not only does it taste good, but it is good for us!
Help me Lord, to discern what You call good and right.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)