Proverbs 16:31-33

Gray hair is like a crown of glory;
it is attained in the path of righteousness.
Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior,
and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city.
The dice are thrown into the lap,
but their every decision is from the Lord.

Some of the commentaries talk about this last proverb in drastically different ways. One mentions that this means God cares about the smallest of decisions and matters of this world. Another suggests that this is something that was used to decide on a very important matter in which no decision could be reached. So there was an appeal to God to reveal the right path.

I don’t know which is right, and considering the theological stature both of the ideas come from, I’m inclined to think neither of them are wrong. Instead, what I think the point would be is that God is involved in every aspect of our lives. If God cares enough to guide dice so they land in the right way so someone makes the right decision, then God must care about our lives.

Now, we shouldn’t think that we should make every decision by rolling the dice. The point of all the rest of the wisdom we are in the process of gathering is to know how to live and make the right decisions in all circumstances. But, when decisions arise that we don’t know how to make is it appropriate to use dice.

I don’t know.

Wasn’t that helpful.

However, what I do know is that if we’re seeking God all along the way, then God can do things to help guide us in making the right decision. All we have to do is be attune to what God might be showing us that we aren’t seeing.

Even then, we will have decisions that we just can’t make. What are we to do then? The only hope I can offer is this: if there is no clear right then there is obviously no clear wrong. If you aren’t sure which thing is the right thing to do, it’s because they both seem like good, viable options. So, chances are pretty good that either will be fine.

So, why not just roll the dice…