Having been told to ‘wait for the Promise of the Father’ — the Baptism of the Holy Spirit — the apostles gather the disciples together for some serious prayer. And the first thing they must do is to work through the pain of Judas’ betrayal, and work out how their apostolic team is going to replace him. A process of prayer, Scripture, and straightforward defining of the necessary criteria leads to two suitable candidates being proposed — and then they cast lots.
Is this a failure of seeking spiritual guidance? Should they have waited more patiently for supernatural revelation?–maybe it would have arrived at Pentecost! Was Paul the real twelfth apostle?–we never really hear any more about Matthias.
The DTS I’m leading begins this week. God, please give me supernatural wisdom and revelation to understand exactly what your will is, and the discernment to know when I should continue to press in for more clarity before making decisions–and when I should just be decisive, trusting that in Your sovereign power you are able to work even my mistakes to Your glory!
Eating: Roast Chicken, Mashed Potato, Roast Vegetables; Choc Ices; Tea.
Present: Peter & Taryn + Isaac; Ryan (Sophie, Lucy); Roxann, Katie, Mathieu; James; Haley.
Passage: Acts 1:12-26