Daily Worship

Risk and guidance

May 13, 2018 1
Image credit: Christian Aid (Image of refugees from Syria, living in a camp in Arbat, northern Iraq)

Acts 1: 24-26

24 Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

What would this look like today?

Drawing the short straw or tossing a coin?

Matthias calls ‘heads’ as the coin swirls into the air

and with a metallic thud the position is his.

But only if they had prayed over the coin first?


Is it an example of incredible faith?

The Lord even determines how lots are cast.

Is it an example of practical belief?

God is in everything, even in coins.

Is it a risky means to make a decision?

Or being faithful to the Proverb:

‘Casting the lot puts an end to disputes

and decides between powerful contenders.’


Is it a means of guidance today?

To decide on two options set before us;

Vote yes or no?

Choose a different job or stay put?

Move house or extend?

Leave the bomb strikes or 

stay with shattered dreams?

Would that the casting of lots

would end the disputes between powerful contenders

that are leaving far too many displaced,

who are left with little choice to make.



‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart.

Show us which one of these two you have chosen...’

Help us to take the risk

to find the means

to choose the way 

that leads to wise leadership

that settles bitter disputes

that ends power struggles

that interrupts conflicts

that bring the gift of peace

for everyone.

In your name we pray, Amen.