“Then they drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:26
On day my attorney boss called me into his office and said, “We are going to promote one of the four secretaries to be the new office manager. Are you interested?” I agreed to be considered and then waited for the day of the announcement. Apparently, the boss had called all four of us in and said the same thing. I wonder if he made promises he couldn’t keep.
The day came when the boss called for a staff meeting and the new office manager was announced. I had been selected. Immediately, I could see the other three secretaries were less than thrilled at the decision. One later said, “He told me when I was hired that I’d be office-manager material.” For months, I painfully endured the cold shoulder-affect of disappointment and no support for my new position.
In the story in Acts 1: 15-26, Peter called a meeting with the ten remaining disciples and said, “Judas must now be replaced.” Together they sought candidates, and Joseph Barsabbas (Justus) and Matthias were nominated. After praying for guidance, straws were drawn and Matthias won. There is no accounting as to whether or not Justus turned his back on the disciples.
Lord, help us be gracious losers and winners. Amen.