21 Day Challenge Day 2
Scripture: The reading for today is Acts 1:12-26
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,’
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’
Application: It is easy to convince ourselves that what we want is God’s will.
Observation: This is where Matthias is chosen to replace Judas as the twelfth apostle. As I was reading this today the thing that came to mind was a question of whether or not Peter and the others had made the right choice. There were two men that they thought might be worthy of being one of them and they decided the outcome by praying for guidance and then casting lots. It was almost a roll of the dice that determined who would be the new member of their group.
I understand that they wanted to have twelve apostles, that was the number of men Jesus had chosen, and it was also a very significant number to the Jewish people in that it represented the twelve tribes of Israel. The scripture that Peter quoted from is from Psalm 69, a lament of David. There is no mistaking it as a prophetic Psalm as it parallels Jesus’ crucifixion story when it says in v21 “They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.” Peter relates verse 25 to Judas Iscariot and then jumps to Psalm 109:8 and adds “May another take his place of leadership.”
Did Peter and the other apostles convince themselves that what they wanted was God’s will without really being inspired by the Spirit? Jesus had told them to wait in Jerusalem; he hadn’t given them instructions to replace Judas. Also if we look at the rest of the New Testament it seems obvious to me that Christ made the choice himself with making Paul the replacement. We never hear about Matthias any more throughout the rest of the Bible.
I have to admit that I have been guilty of this myself. I have had my own agenda and convinced myself that it was the will of God without having proper confirmation. I think it is easy for us to get the notion that we hear God speaking to us and telling us to do things that we want to do. I don’t condemn Peter and the other apostles for the choice they made, I am sure that they honestly thought they were doing the right thing. Further I am not trying to convince anyone that the made a terrible mistake, it just seems that way to me. At the end of the day, we can only do the best that we can and try to listen with ears to hear what God is saying. I just think that sometimes we need to listen for a little longer than we do.
Help me to refrain from making the wrong decisions and calling them your will. Help me to be prayerful and to have eyes to see and ears to hear when you truly are guiding me.
Yield: I surrender my own plans, I submit to God’s guidance.