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Big Hill Bible Studies
5 July 2018 Entry
 
Proverbs 18
 
The subheading to this chapter in my NASB reads, "Contrast the Upright and the Wicked."  As you read this chapter you will see similar passages to those seen earlier in previous chapters.  But when you come to verse 18 I'd like to challenge you to take a few minutes and consider something.
 
The verse reads, "The cast lot puts an end to strife and decides between the mighty ones."  What does this verse say to you?  Is this saying that a roll of the dice decides our futures?  Can we leave major decisions to chance?  Is this Biblical? 
 
Turn in your Bible to the final verses in Acts 1 (see verses 21-26).  As you read verse 26 you see, "And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles."  They drew lots!  An apostle was chosen by drawing lots!  What about all the teaching Jesus had done on faith and prayer and belief in God?  Here is what I want you to see.  They did believe.  They had great faith.  They did pray.  The facts are they prayed to the Lord to show them which of two candidates was the Lord's choice to replace Judas.  They had faith that He would show them the right man.  Then they drew lots and the lot fell to Matthias.  They did not leave it to chance.  They believed the Lord showed them through the drawn lot that Matthias was God's choice.  When the lot fell to him "he was added to the eleven apostles."  They didn't pray and then hope and wait.  They had complete faith the Lord would answer their prayer.  When He answered, they acted.  Are we able to follow that example?  Are we able to put our trust in the Lord and rest assured He will provide answers?  Do we rest in Him and then act?  What do you see as the difference in faith and "chance"?  Let me know what you think. 
 
Stand Firm,
Jim