Tough Choices

And they prayed and said, ‘You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen.’Acts 1:24 (NKJV)

Have you ever been faced with making a choice between two things that appeared to be equal in value? It’s a situation we face daily in the grocery store, for example, but what about the weightier decisions in life, like choosing a best man or maid of honor for your wedding, hiring the right person at your company, or buying a home? How do you make the right choice when it really counts?

In those moments, wouldn’t it be great if you possessed God’s omniscience—the ability to know everything there is to know? It would certainly take all the stress out of making life’s difficult decisions!

In the Book of Acts, the early Church was faced with a tough decision like this. In chapter 1, the apostles and other young believers needed to fill the vacancy left by Judas after his death, and two men were nominated: Joseph and Mattias. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about these men, but what’s obvious is that either one would have been right for the job.

Bible commentator Matthew Henry notes: “These two were both of them such worthy men, and so well qualified for the office, that they could not tell which of them was the fitter, but all agreed it must be one of these two.”

In other words, the choice was a very difficult one for the Church to make. So what did they do? They appealed to God’s infinite wisdom and knowledge, and willingly turned over the decision to the One who “knows the hearts of all,” as today’s verse puts it. This verse parallels the familiar passage from 1 Samuel 16:7 in which we’re reminded that the Lord doesn’t look at the outward appearance as people do. Instead, He looks at the heart. (It turns out that Mattias was the one chosen.) 

It’s important to note that man’s reasoning and logic could only go so far. Making the best choice required the early Church to pray and then accept God’s decision over the matter. The same is true in our lives. When faced with tough choices, our responsibility is to use the logic and wisdom God gave us, to seek His will through prayer, and then leave the final outcome to Him.


DIG: Are you facing a situation in life in which you must make a difficult decision? 

DISCOVER: What is your logic and reason telling you, and how well does it line up with the wisdom and truth found in God’s Word?

DISPLAY: Take time to fast and pray over your decision, and ask a few trusted brothers and sisters in Christ to lift you up in prayer as well. When you sense God speaking or confirming a choice, move forward in faith and leave the results to Him.

About the Author

Rob Nieminen

Rob Nieminen is a seasoned writer and editor who has written devotionals for Calvary since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. He serves in the Worship Ministry at Calvary Boynton Beach and is an avid reader, an erratic golfer, and an aspiring photographer who loves to cook and spend time with his family.