“And they prayed and said, ‘You, Oh Lord, who know that hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen” Acts 1:24.
What was the response of the disciples after praying about who would fill the spot of Judas? It is unique to us as human beings to have the intellectual capacity to make decisions. All other forms of life are instinctive, they live according to instinct. Many times we take the ability to make choices for granted and miss God’s intended purpose in the process.
All of us have made poor choices in our lives, that goes without saying, but God as a unique way to help us. His desire is to direct us in our decision making process which leads to His intended purpose for us.
The disciples were faced with their first judicial decision as a group. Their task, choose a replacement for Judas. Judas had made the worst decision of his life to sell out Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. As a result of that choice his life ended with his entrails bursting out of his stomach!
God empowers us, but entrusts us to the structure. The disciples’ rationale for choosing Mathias was based on who was the most qualified person for the position. The Bible says that “God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways His ways for as the heavens are higher than the earth so are His ways higher than our ways, and His thought than our thoughts” (Isa 55:89).
God’s choice was completely the opposite of the disciples choice. God’s choice was a renegade, Christian murdering, threat firing man named Saul! Saul became Paul and changed the landscape of the furthering of the Kingdom of God. He was the most unlikely choice!
He would go on to lead more people to Christ than any other human being with the exception of Jesus. He would write 14 epistles in the Bible and become one of the most well known men in the Bible.
Our response to prayer should be with anticipation that God’s direction will be opposite of our intellectual rationale and particularly when it coms to making choices. All ways remember God’s choice will always be just the opposite of your choice. That is the paradox of the Kingdom of God. Now you are ready for your next decision!