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Today’s Bible Reference: Acts 1:23-26
Today’s Bible Text: 23 They put two men before the group. One was Joseph Barsabbas. He was also called Justus. The other man was Matthias. 24-25 They prayed, “Lord, you know the minds of all people. Show us which one of these two men you choose to do this work. Judas turned away from it and went where he belongs. Lord, show us which man should take his place as an apostle!” 26 Then they used lots to choose one of the two men. The lots showed that Matthias was the one the Lord wanted. So he became an apostle with the other eleven.
The Bible Translation: Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
My Take Away: What if men chose church leaders like this today? What if Christians presented nominated officials for government offices in this way? In this example, the disciples had more than one man that they thought could fill the seat left empty by Judas, but they didn’t want to choose the man most favored by the apostles, nor did they want to choose the man who wanted the position most or the man who spoke the best in his bid for the position, but rather, they wanted to get their minds into the hearts of the men, and there was only one way possible to achieve this. They pleaded with God, who knows the hearts of all men, and who knows what that position would be faced with throughout its tenure, and therefore the best man to hold that office, with all things considered. Friends, may I remind you that this is still the case with our God today? He still knows who will be best suited for offices this year, and who will best lead His children into the times that He knows we must face. I would highly suggest that you read Romans 13 any time that you feel like the people may have messed up in electing our ruling officials. I believe that these verses serve to show us how important it is that we depend on God, the One who knows the hearts of those we will be asked to vote for. And while He may not choose to cleanse every heart of those nominated, I know that He will point us to the ‘Matthias’ that we must elect to serve God’s purpose in serving us over the next few years. Let us plead for clear minds to ask God; clear hearts to hear His will and direction; and sincerity and honesty to obey His perfect will in every election we have the privilege to vote in.
Prayer: Lord, we tend to vote for nominations purely on the premise of our personal views and desires, instead of seeking Your face and Your decision on who should be elected for such a time as this – whether it be in our churches, our city, our state or even our country. If we are to truly take part in electing the servants You desire for our churches or our cities, states or country, then we MUST learn to follow the example of the disciples in today’s scripture, and humbly put our selfish desires aside, and seek Your face. Thank You Father for being such an awesome and powerful God that can direct Your children beyond what appears to be the obvious in our minds, towards Your heart’s decision for our churches, cities, states and country. I believe that we will only succeed in electing Your chosen leaders as we seek Your face and know Your heart. We need You precious Savior. Please speak to Your children as we nominate and as we vote, for it’s in the name of Jesus that I ask, AMEN!
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