15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
These verses are mostly narrative based and simply tell a story which little under the surface to be "mined." However, I do want to note that Matthias is not spoken of, in any significance, for the rest of Scripture. The disciples chose to make a decision on a replacement and even felt compelled by Scripture to do so! I am not saying they did the wrong thing, nor does Scripture say that. However, nothing of note manifests from their choosing of this man.
Many scholars agree that it seems more like Paul was the 12th disciple God chose to replace Judas. With that many scholars believe the disciples chose Matthias hastily. There is no proof to substantiate either of the former two claims BUTTTTTTT we can carry this principle from it regardless of the veracity of those statements: Sometimes we rush to "good things" and miss God's direction.
The disciples rushed into choosing this replacement disciple as they sat and waited (one of the few directives given was to wait). They chose this man hoping that it would produce some value for the Kingdom, but none was recorded. Nothing NEGATIVE came of it, aside from perhaps some wasted time.
Many of us may find ourselves here, rushing to do something "good." We waste time looking into things, developing things (preaching to myself now), changing things for the "better," all without direct guidance from God. Like children who do something they think is GOOD and end up just making a mess, we are often the same. So my exhortation today is to simply ask for God's guidance. Don't jump to conclusions and waste time, ask Him for direction and wait for an answer. A truly fruitful life is marked by "God ideas" not just "good ideas."
Lord, often I fill silence with action. Refrain me from wasting energy on things that You aren't guiding me to do. I need direction, refinement, and motivation. Amen.
I hope you're adding your own content to these prayers and not settling with the small statement I write - if not do so 😛
A simple tool to help your fellow Christians with this is to ask, "how did God communicate this plan to you?" With a basic question we can discover that our plan came from a "good idea" instead of a "God idea." That could be the reminder your friends need! (Don't hesitate to use this on yourself too!)