One of the most important things we can do in life is to follow God’s will. In the Old Testament people relied heavily on the priests to let them know if something was the will of God or not. Kings would go to the priest or prophet and inquire of the Lord about whether they were to go to war or not? Part of the priestly attire was the Urim and Thummim. The Urim and Thummim were put inside the folded pocket of the breastpiece of the priestly garments. The priests would use the Urim and Thummim to determine the will of God. What were the Urim and Thummim? Most scholars believe that they were two stones that were like dice. They would give an answer of yes or no. Some decision was always going to be made when the priest used the Urim and Thummim. (See Exodus 28:29-30.) This week, as we look at the will of God, I want to focus on the Urim.
The Urim (Strong’s H224) means light. God has always used light to govern and give direction. In Genesis, we find that God made the lesser and the greater lights. The greater light governed the day and allowed man to see what he was doing, and where he was going. The lesser lights, the moon and stars governed the night. Sailors have used the stars for navigational purposes for thousands of years. God made a provision for us to have light at all times. As priests today, God wants us to be full of His light.
The root word for Urim means fire. The fire of God indicated the presence of the Lord, and the priests were careful not to allow the fire or light in the temple to go out. The presence of the Lord was to help the priest make right judgments and decisions. When we need to have an answer, we need to get in the presence of the Lord. We need to seek Him in prayer and fasting and worship. We need to get in His presence so that we can ask Him for our answer.
God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps 119:105). To discover God’s will for our lives, we need to seek guidance from the light of God’s word. He promises to lead us by His light. God’s presence is with us in the Person of the Holy Spirit. And, the Holy Spirit often uses God’s word to guide us. He will bring a Scripture to mind to help make decisions.