Spurgeon on Lots and God Leading Our Lives

Turn now to a proverb from the wise man—Proverbs 16:33.—“The lot is cast into the lap but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.” And if the disposal of the lot is the Lord’s whose is the arrangement of our whole life? You know when Achan had committed a great sin the tribes were assembled and the lot fell upon Achan. When Jonah was in the ship they cast lots and the lot fell upon Jonah. And when Jonathan had tasted the honey they cast lots and Jonathan was taken. When they cast lots for an apostle who should succeed the fallen Judas, the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was separated to the work. The lot is directed of God. And if the simple casting of a lot is guided by him how much more the events of our entire life-especially when we are told by our blessed Savior: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered: not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father.” If it be so; if these hairs are counted; if an inventory is written of each one of them; and if the existence of each of these hairs is marked and mapped, how much more precious in the sight of the Lord shall our lives be. Take one more passage in Jeremiah 21:25: “O Lord I know that the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Jeremiah said, “I know” and he was an inspired man, and that satisfies us. “I know.” I have sometimes when quoting a passage out of the apostle Paul been met by somebody replying that; really they did not think Paul so great an authority as other Scripture writers.” I was astonished at hearing of the following dialogue between two young persons. One remarked “Mr. Spurgeon is too high in doctrine.”

C. H. Spurgeon, 1855