So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Acts 1:23
The early Church didn’t waste any time. Picked faithful disciples, ready to lay down their lives for God! They were totally in tune with God, right? Right.
But yet, God is unpredictable. His Holy Spirit ‘blows wherever it pleases’ (John 3:8). Which means even your pastor/vicar/chaplain hasn’t got Him figured out! You see, sometimes, we might go the way we THINK is right, but God often doesn’t agree with OUR thinking. And when that happens, He’ll steer us to where we should be.
Case study. The disciples aren’t sure what to do. Judas is gone; the team of apostles are a man short. A quick replacement is in order, so ‘Barsabbas and Matthias’ are nominated (two leadership potentials). To decide who’s getting the role, they use an ancient method of voting. As a result, Matthias gets chosen. Who is he? Um. Dunno! (he isn’t mentioned again). But Barsabbas, the man who didn’t win the vote, went on to be a pioneer in teaching.
Did the disciples get it wrong? Was Matthias the right man for the job? Whether they got it right or wrong isn’t so important. Matthias might have gone on to do great, unrecorded, things. What matters is the fact they were seeking Him, and God honors that. Are you after God? Whether or not you hear His voice or feel His nudge, you’ll still see His Lordship.
Heavenly Father, in all my ways help me to always seek Your guidance and then move forward knowing that You will work with me where I am and with the choices I make. In Jesus’ Name, Amen