casting lotsProverbs 16:33 – “The lot is cast [pitch] into the lap [of a man’s robe]; but the whole disposing [judgment; verdict; sentence] thereof is of the LORD [Jehovah; Eternal God; Self-existent].”

Casting lots has been a practice of man since ancient times when making important decisions. Like the casting of dice in games of our day, men have for millenniums cast lots and entrusted the outcome to fate.

Unlike the heathen, men of ancient Israel regarded casting lots as an act of faith knowing God had revealed Himself as Sovereign of creation. Though men may lie, scheme and defraud, God’s people took heart that His will would prevail.

What about believers living in the 21st century; how ought we to make decisions when weighing matters of choice? Do we succumb to casting lots, flipping a coin or casting dice and trusting fate? Are we to, as I have heard some Christians suggest, put out a fleece like Gideon (Judges 6:36-40) and ask God to reveal His will by conforming His revelation to our plan and design?Bible and Oil Lamp

My friend, unlike the ancients who cast lots in making important decisions, you and I have a far superior way of knowing the will of God—His revealed Word!

When you face the challenge of decisions, you must begin by searching your own heart and weigh if your desires align with God’s will and purpose for your life. Paul challenged Christians in Ephesus to do “the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6).

We must also search God’s Word for spiritual principles that serve as guiding lights for His will in our lives [Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”]

A third step in determining God’s will is one we have seen repeated many times in Proverbs–Seek godly counsel [Proverbs 11:14b – “…in the multitude of counselors there is safety”].

prayFourthly, a Christian must also pray for the Lord to direct his steps and decisions. Paul prayed for the Colossian Christians to “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

Finally, having done all we can to sincerely and honestly seek and know God’s will and direction, a Christian must step out and trust God confident He is Sovereign!

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith