1 Chronicles 24
In this chapter, we encounter once again the Hebrew practice of casting lots. This time, it was used to create the divisions of priests who would work in the temple: "A larger number of leaders were found among Eleazar’s descendants than among Ithamar’s, and they were divided accordingly: sixteen heads of families from Eleazar’s descendants and eight heads of families from Ithamar’s descendants. They divided them impartially by casting lots, for there were officials of the sanctuary and officials of God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar." (vs 4-5)
The practice of casting lots was a popular one in the Hebrew culture. To us, it would have seemed like the equivalent of throwing dice, but it held great spiritual significance to the Israelites. Casting lots was one of the ways they discerned the will of God. You’ll remember that they cast lots to root out Achan (Josh 7:10-26), and the practice was still being used in Peter’s day, when lots were cast to select the replacement for Judas (Acts 1:12-26).
Solomon shed further light on this practice with one of his wisdom sayings in the book of Proverbs: "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord." (Prov 16:33)
You see, I believe that in their saner moments, the Israelites knew enough about God to know that He could be trusted with the details of their lives—even the little details. And whenever they demonstrated the willingness to seek out His advice and follow it, He provided it.
God is also eager to be entrusted with the details of our lives. He is anxious to give us insight into the issues that perplex us—no matter how small they may be. And while we may not seek His will through casting lots, throwing dice, or laying out a fleece, if we demonstrate the willingness to seek out His advice and follow it, He will always provide it.
Sometimes it may be easy to conclude that God is too "big" to care about the "small" things in our lives. But let me assure you that God is a details kinda guy. He cares about everything—and most likely even more than you do! As Jesus once told His disciples, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matt 10:29-31)
If God knows about every small bird that falls to the ground in this world, He is a details man. And if He knows exactly how many hairs you’ve got on your head at any given moment, He is a details man. And if He cares about even these kinds of details, how much more does He care about anything that troubles you! So, what are you waiting for? Cast your lot before the Lord, and let Him prove just how trustworthy He is with all the details of your life.