“…Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.” — Isaiah 30:15
A Jewish writer expresses the humor of his own people by telling of an elderly Jew who was peering through the glass of a meat display in a delicatessen. As the old man studied his options, his white hair, beard, and black suit made him a classic picture of religious piety.
Finally, after carefully making up his mind, the man pointed and said, “A quarter-pound of the corned beef, please.” Gently, the owner behind the counter said, “I’m sorry, sir, but that’s ham.” Whereupon, the customer bristled and said, “And who asked you?”
All of us tend to be like that man in the story. We want people to tell us what we want to hear. When our appetites are aroused, and when we are longing for what God has declared off-limits, we are apt to resent anyone who is honest enough to tell us the true nature of our choices.
Yet we have good reason to listen to what the Lord tells us, because He loves us and is all-wise. If only we would admit when we are wrong, and trust in Him (verse 15)! If only we would accept the truth of His love and wait on Him (verse 18), we would learn the wisdom of His ways!
We need to welcome anyone who will tell us the truth about ourselves. The more a person is addicted to a vice, the less he cares for advice!