2006-05-23

acts 1 - some thoughts

I was just reading Acts 1 this morning, where the apostles are choosing a new person to fill the spot of Judas Iscariot, after he died. One thing really struck me. They are choosing between two guys who they have picked out, and they pray: "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." and then they proceed to draw lots to determine which one is chosen. So, here's what struck me. In modern Christian circles, I don't think that we (generally) would trust that God would take something like drawing lots, and cause the outcome to fall the way He wanted. We would pray a lot about it, think about it a lot, and in the end, come to our own conclusion which should be chosen. Now, it's not that using your head is necessarily a bad thing, I mean the apostles did narrow it down to the two people they thought most fitting for the position. In the end, however, they put the final decision in a place where they could not control it and left the outcome to God. I don't think it would be bad for us to do that kind of thing more often. We have an insatiable desire for control.

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