How the Spirit Leads Here

So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:23-26)

Any devotional worth its salt always starts out with a verse from the Bible.  This one will be no different.  At the top of each devotion will be a Bible verse which will then be followed by a short but profoundly insightful discussion which should be enough to get you through your day.  If not, you can always watch a Seinfeld rerun.

The big difference here is that I will wholly depend upon the leading of the Spirit for the selection of each verse.  I will do this by closing my eyes, tossing up a quick prayer, opening the Bible, and then pointing at the page.  Whichever verse my finger just “happens” to be pointing at I will take as God’s leading for that day.

This simplified “casting of lots” is, of course, a Biblically supported practice for divining God’s will.  The eleven remaining apostles (minus Judas who wasn’t hanging around anymore—well, at least not hanging around the apostles) drew lots to pick Matthias as a replacement and bring the number back up to twelve so they didn’t have to order new stationery.  I figure if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.  The only difference is I won’t be using dice since Albert Einstein said God didn’t use them anymore—and who’s going to argue with him?

Following the Bible verse I will offer my thoughts in a brief meditation jam-packed with insight which can then be applied to your life.  This can be done all at once or in easy installments during the day, whichever works best for you.

I hope you will make Our Daily Fred your regular filling station on that long road to redemption.  It’ll be an adventure, and, after all, why bother God when I’ll do it for you?


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