Decision making tools
Today’s Reading: Acts 1:23-26 (NIV)
23 So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs. 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
The resumes of two strong candidates were handed out at the department meeting for review. Both applicants had received a good education and held diplomas for their work at the university. Each had experienced life in the work place and brought to the table a wealth of professional experience with former employers. Both candidates possessed the skill sets necessary to meet the needs of the open position. A decision must be made. How would you decide which candidate to choose?
The disciples knew better than to trust their own judgment. Personal preference and posturing for position would only add to the confusion of their ultimate decision. They had two very qualified candidates, Justus and Matthias, to fill the open position left by Judas Iscariot. Bowing in prayer, they asked the Lord to show them which person He had chosen to take on this apostolic ministry. Then, they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias.
Bible scholars teach that the casting of lots is mentioned approximately seventy times in the Old Testament and seven times in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the casting of lots was used most often to determine one’s inheritance. God instructed His people to cast lots to determine His will in particular situations. Lots were cast to determine who would fill certain positions of service in the Temple. Unfortunately, it became a form of gambling and a game to many, as evidenced by the Roman soldiers when they divided the Lord’s garment amongst themselves at the foot of the cross. When the Holy Spirit came, the casting of lots was no longer necessary. Believers could simply rely upon the leading of the Holy Spirit through prayer in discernment for daily decisions and future direction.
If you have an important decision to make, I would encourage you to seek out God’s plan and purpose for your life through prayer and discernment today. God has given us the tools we need to know which way to go. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to give you His Holy Spirit power today.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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