Proverbs 18:17-19 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him. The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Decisions, decisions, they can drive you crazy. Who is going to make them? What makes a decision right? How do we know it’s right? Just the thought of two different ideas and having to decide between them has driven good friends far apart. Frequently it is not the decisions that are made, but the decisions never made which causes the most division. It often comes when friends can’t agree on how to disagree. It may well be better for friends to sit down and agree on how a decision will be made before disagreement ever becomes the problem.
In verse 18 the Bible says, “The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.” In Bible times, the casting of lots was accepted as a fair and just way to decide an issue. It was believed that God, who is in control overall, would then decide the issue for Himself. The decision was accepted as God’s will, and no man could argue against that.
Today in our Church, we do very much the same thing. When an issue is in dispute, we will first search in God’s Word for an answer, all the while praying for a clear understanding. Sometimes God will give us clarity on the issue, and a decision will be made at that point. If not, we then present the situation to the Church Board. A group of men made up of the Pastor, Deacons, and Trustees who were elected by the church to oversee such matters. If the issue is not resolved there, it is taken to the church membership where every member has a voice on the matter. We believe God intervenes and decides the matter for Himself through the members of His body, which is the Church, and what God decides is final.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Ultimately, we want God’s Will in all matters of our lives. Have you wrestled with something in your life, and desire to know the will of God? First, Pray, and read Gods Word. Next, seek out Godly counsel. Finally, let God decide and accept it.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Isaiah 32 – 37 / Proverbs 18:17-19
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 35-38 / Acts 25
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
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