God, I still my heart before You today.
Read Acts 1:12–26
Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[a] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters,[b] the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’[c]
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’[d]
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
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ReflectThough you belong to Christ, do you truly abide in Him in joyful and total surrender?
One of Jesus’ last commands to His disciples was to return to Jerusalem and ‘wait for the gift my Father promised’ (4), so that’s what they did, praying constantly together – perhaps a precursor to today’s 24/7 Prayer movements (https://www.24-7prayer.com/).
Knowing the Old Testament helped the disciples’ faith grow in Jesus as their Savior and Messiah. The Holy Spirit gave them understanding of messianic themes, foreshadowing and fulfillments in psalms and other Old Testament Scriptures (20). All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and is about Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27), even if there is no immediate or explicit prediction about him. How wonderful is that? How wonderful is Jesus?
When was the last time you made a major decision by casting lots (26)? Me neither. The key here was that they asked for God’s guidance (24). If we are open to it, God will challenge our mindsets, our comfort zones, our rationalizations. He seeks a people of faith who live by faith and walk by faith (Hebrews 10:38; 2 Corinthians 5:7), rather than by self-confidence and self-sufficiency.
Are you trying to make any big choices in your life right now? Why not offer one or more of them to God, asking Him to clearly lead and guide you so that you can exercise your faith in following Him?
Spirit of God, lead me. I need Your wisdom and insight.
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