The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.
Too many choices? Which way do we decide? Which option do we accept?
The other day I went shopping with my wife’s grocery list. One of the items was a small can of pizza sauce. The brand my wife preferred was sold out so I had to decide on an alternative. Since none of the other brands was a known commodity, and the ingredients were very similar in each, I resorted to the Biblical concept of throwing dice.
Now I didn’t have dice in hand, so I simply selected a number between 1 to 6, and then counted left to right until my number fell on the small jar. Selection done.
Though this is a simple example that doesn’t necessarily impact life’s major decisions, it gives you an example of how one is able to quickly reach a decision where one doesn’t really know which way is best.
The Bible illustrates many similar situations where people came to a fork in the road and had to decide. Rather than base their decision on political or monetary weight, they followed the principal of trusting God. Or in some cases, they didn’t trust God, but simply acted in a peaceful way to reach a decision. Generally, when you have two quarreling sides or powerful contenders, casting lots is a way to eliminate playing favorites, politics, or nepotism in a decision. It is a means which agreeable people can accept and move on with their lives.
We see from the beginning when Israel entered the promise land after wandering 40 years, they cast lots to decide which tribe gets which portion of the land (Joshua 18:10).
King David cast lots to decide between his musicians and leaders who would manage what responsibilities (I Chronicles 24-26). When Jonah fled from God, the crew on the ship cast lots to determine who was the cause of evil brought upon them. The lot fell on him (Johan 1:7). When Jesus was crucified, lots were thrown to divide his garments among the Roman soldiers (Luke 23:34). And when Judas was replaced by Matthias, the final decision was determined with lots (Acts 1:26).
So, if you are struggling to make a decision, and you are willing to accept the outcome no matter what it is, then maybe a roll of the dice or flipping a coin is your means to a quick solution.
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