Proverbs 18: King James Bible
Casting Lots – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verses 18-19
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty. 19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Casting Lots
In proverbs 16, we find a verse which tells us that the lot is cast into the lap, but the whole dispersing thereof is of the Lord. This was included in a devotional called, “Found in the Way.”
In the two verses above, we get a sort of inverse look at contention, and a remedy that is provided by way of casting the lot. The reason this is a remedy, is because it is a decision being made by fair chanced means, and isn’t subject to being persuaded one way or the other.
After the lot is cast, whatever it is, it is. This isn’t a way to live out one’s life, by casting lots. However, as a fair method to settle disputes where there wasn’t any requirement for courts, this was the practice of King Solomon’s day.
We can find it all over the place in the Bible. Also, we can see the hand of the Lord manipulating the stage after the outcome was given. As the scripture states, the whole dispersing thereof is of the Lord. Casting lots won’t effect the plans of the Lord in one’s life at all, as if he didn’t know what the outcome was going to be.
Parteth between the mighty, is as to say that the lot cast, prevent violence under certain circumstances. The unbiased decision was agreed to, and contentions ceased. Seems like a simple way to do things doesn’t it?
Just ask the football league of your choice. They all start their game on a coin toss to see who’s going to be the ones to kick off, and who is going to be receiving. Both sides live with the decision whether or not it is beneficial to them.
That is an extremely impersonal example compared to the severity that is described in the scriptures above. Though the difficulty is clearly stated in verse 19, in reference to winning over an offended brother, please note that it doesn’t say “it can’t be done.” Nothing is impossible with the Lord.
To be honest, I believe that it is even harder today, to win back a brother that is offended than it was those thousands of years ago. One reason is, very few people would ever come together during a season of harsh contention, and settle on a decision made by the toss of the dice, or to settle a serious dispute over a coin toss.
It is a mindset that has eroded from us through time I believe. Especially in today’s climate of lawsuits, bickering and arguing, or not even meeting face to face at all, but attempt to settle matters through advocates or lawyers.
When we take a look at the purposes behind casting lots to settle things, if whatever the outcome of a matter would be honored by the two feuding parties, and truly considered it settled, think of how much easier many things could be.
A culmination of pride, ego, gain, fearing loss, unforgiveness, lack of faith, and greed, make us oftentimes unwilling to adhere to such an easy method to settle disputes. The Lord’s ways are so much better and easier, it’s typically we who get in the way, and complicate things.
Related New Testament Scripture
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Thank you for your precious Word, and for all that you’ve included within the pages. Please help us to understand your easy ways, and remind us of them when we are faced with a decision. You have had so much to say about decision making through this chapter, may it always be on the ready in our hearts, as we traverse through our days in your service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you ever consider how much easier life would be, if more gravity were given to casting lots?