Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Acts 1:15-26

Today’s passage describes the process the disciples used for finding a replacement for Judas. The steps they took are a model for us when we find ourselves at various decision points in life.

The first thing the disciples did was look to the Word of God. In this instance, they knew that another leader was to be selected because it was specifically written. Many times we will not find an explicit directive in the Bible to guide our decision-making process. However, being familiar with God’s Word lays such a foundation that we can know what we are to do even if it’s not directly stated. Note, however, that the only way to become familiar with God’s Word is to read it on a regular basis. Using the lectionary is a great way of methodically working through the Bible but there are also other methods available also (see here or here).

The disciples then consulted with other believers. Whether we find an explicit directive in the Bible or not (but especially if we do not), it is wise to consult other believers. This is a way of validating your thought processes as well as making yourself accountable to others. If you don’t already have one, I would suggest you find a small group of people you can call upon to discuss decisions you need to make. You need to be completely honest with the group so it must consist of people you trust but you will find it of great benefit once you have one.

The last thing the disciples do is pray for God’s wisdom and discernment. I’m not suggesting you necessarily rely on casting lots, but discussing it with the God who knows everyone’s heart, including yours, should be a crucial step in any decision you make. You are sure to gain a sense of peace and tranquility as you find your will aligning with God’s during your decision making process.

May God draw us nearer to Him as we avail ourselves of His Holy Word, the company of other believers and especially of His guidance and wisdom. Amen.

Mark Vereb

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