Acts 1 :20, 23-26
Have you ever had a problem to solve or a decision to make and you weren’t quite sure which way to go with it? Everyone usually does every now and then. Well, that seems to be what’s happening in today’s scripture verse. The eleven Apostles are torn between two equally, qualified men to replace the wayward Judas Iscariot as the twelfth Apostle. I would have thought with their new found faith in Jesus, they would have prayed. After all, they were already telling people about Jesus and laying healing hands on the sick and lame. That’s just my initial thought, however, the more I think about it, the more I think that there was something that was still missing, so they reverted to what they knew: casting lots.
According to https://carm.org, casting lots was a method used by the Jews of the Old Testament and by the Christian disciples prior to Pentecost to determine the will of God. Lots could be sticks with markings, stones with symbols, etc., which were thrown into a small area and then the result was interpreted. In the New Testament, after Judas killed himself, the disciples cast lots to see who would be his replacement. The lot fell to Matthias, but this was before Pentecost. Since the New Testament does not have any instance of Christians casting lots to discern the will of God after Pentecost, we conclude that after the arrival of the Holy Spirit that we do not need to rely on that method but instead must rely on the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the further revelation found in the New Testament.
Since the Holy Spirit dwells inside each one of God’s children who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, we have a personal Counselor to guide us with decision making and problem solving each and every day of our lives! His luminescent character sheds light on God’s open doors and cleared pathways when the opportunities present themselves. Additionally, the Spirit provides words of wisdom as we need to hear them or when needed to speak them. But we must listen closely, intently and intentionally! We must pray and read the Word, for the Word is his word to us and for us. Expect the Spirit to speak and act and you will be amazed. Be opened to God working in and through you today!