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In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus – for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry." (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) "For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it'; and 'Let another take his position of overseer.' So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
Seeing the Hand of God
According to some testimonies, some people have been give the opportunity to see God working in some pretty spectacular ways. For example, they may talk about how they were suffering from some very dramatic disease before God miraculously intervened and cured them. Or they reveal some horrible flaw in their lives or character that was miraculously erased through God’s power. Or they might even bemoan some tragedy through which God miraculously led them so that they could come out the other side with more assurance and hope than they had before. Now this is the kind of thing folks often share during services or meetings, and they do it with the intention of inspiring others.
And even though I would never question any of their experiences and believe that such miracles can certainly be inspiring, I think faith is often shown in our ability to see God in situations that everyday and commonplace. And that just makes sense. I mean, the more I trust in God, the more I’ll believe he’s with me all the time. And if he’s both with me and involved in his creation, I should be able to see his presence and feel his movement in both the spectacular and the mundane. In other words, as I grow in my faith, I’ll also grow in my ability to see the ever-present hand of God.