Micah 2:5 (NIV)

Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by lot.


I remember, not that long ago when reading that the apostles cast lots to see who would replace Judas, that it was weird (Acts 1:24-25). Okay, perhaps “weird” isn’t the best word choice. I thought that I understood the casting of lots. After all, we see it as a fairly common way of making decisions in the Old Testament, but seeing the apostles take this route to find a replacement for Judas seemed, to me, like playing rock-paper-scissors for something very important. However, today, during my devotion, the Lord brought this verse from Micah to my attention.

Have you ever noticed the difference between not knowing something and then knowing that thing later on? For me, what I didn’t know before is so obvious to me now, like that spot that’s been there forever but I only noticed it today. It’s so obvious that I can’t help but think it’s new. How could I have missed it before? Anyway, today, when I read this verse in Micah, I saw the light. There’s nothing that happens without God’s permission and there’s no such thing as luck. This is something that I’ve known for a while and I’ve written about it before.

Therefore, the casting of lots to make decisions isn’t putting the choice into the hands of fate. We even have a proverb that lets us know that God determines how the dice are going to fall when we toss them (Proverbs 16:33). This doesn’t mean that I’m going to start rolling the dice when I need to make choices, but it’s good to know. What the Lord showed me regarding the casting of lots is that it was a means for human beings to avoid conflict with one another (Proverbs 18:18). At other times, such as dividing up the Promised Land, it was done because God told them to cast lots for it (Numbers 26:55).

While they cast a lot of lots in the Old Testament and even a few in the New Testament, it’s not something we ought to do today. As Believers, we have the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all truth. Therefore, our trust is in God. While God does decide how the dice may fall it’s not the way to Him nor is it the way to get an answer from Him today. There’s only one way to God and that’s through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, so casting lots today would be no different than going to see a fortune teller for life direction. You just don’t do it. On the other hand, a good game of Yahtzee is fun for the whole family!

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. Nothing is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.