Risk and guidance
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
In your name we pray, Amen.