I marvel at God’s way of manifesting His wisdom and revelation.
Our family was beset with two hard choices and this morning my husband had to make the crucial decision. And still had his misgivings about his choice. We have come to know that God manifests His will in the present moment through signs and revelation. But one needs to be on the look out for it.
And God manifested another way on how He confirms His will.
For us this morning, it was through the first reading.
Although I had read it during my morning prayer, for some reason, the words did not leap out until I was looking at it in the iMissal during the first reading.
“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen…
Then they gave lots to them.”
After mass, I said, “The first reading, did you hear it?”
He said, “I know. I was thinking about it.”
Convinced that it was the Holy Spirit telling us to draw lots for the two options, we did what we felt was God’s will and drew lots after praying over it as a family. We prayed over the lots for the Holy Spirit to reveal His will through it. Each of us drew from the two lots and God revealed His will.
This gave the whole family peace and joy over the decision. Another confirmation—the fruits of the Holy Spirit manifested in us.
When I reread the first reading, I realized the disciples also received God’s revelation through the scriptures. And for them, it was through the Book of Psalms. There they perceived that the Lord wanted them to find a replacement for Judas. And thus by praying and asking God to convey His will through the lots, they drew one and accepted that as God’s will. God is wise and practical indeed.
And the gospel supported our decision and further affirmed that what we chose was God’s choice for us, His perfect will.
Lord, thank You for the gift of wisdom and revelation. Thank you for showing us varied means whereby You manifest Your will in our lives. We marvel at the fact that You should want to involve Yourself in our lives and guide us each step of the way so we may make the right decision that will lead us closer to our destiny. Amen.