They nominated two men … Then they prayed … Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. – Acts 1:23-26 NIV
After Judas died, the disciples felt someone should take his place. The question was how to fill this vacancy. They followed a traditional method: After a short prayer, they cast lots.
In the days to come, they were to learn an entirely new way of being guided. As they experienced on the Day of Pentecost, this new way was based on being led by the Spirit.
Jesus told them that they were to “wait for the gift my Father promised” (v. 4). They just didn’t know how long they were to wait. But they kept waiting, probably wondering what would happen next.
Suddenly the Holy Spirit fell on them, and they were ushered into an entirely new spiritual dimension. As Jesus had promised, the Spirit became their comforter and companion. As they submitted everything to Him, they could trust Him to guide and lead them (John 14:16-26).
We see this new guidance in operation when the Holy Spirit told the church in Antioch, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2).
These same principles still are true. The Bible is clear: God still urges us to know His Word and follow His principles. But we, too, need to stay sensitive to His Spirit by waiting on Him and listening to Him.
In your life, stay in tune with God’s Word; always be sensitive to His Spirit. Trust Him.
PrayerFather, help me be sensitive to Your guidance. Help me listen and not make presumptions. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingActs 1