Sometimes I wish I had magic vest, and I could just ask God a question and pull out a
yes or no answer from my pocket. Wouldn’t it be nice to ask things like:
• Should I change jobs or learn contentment in the one I have?
• Will my health get better soon?
• Which task should I prioritize today: answering emails or getting the house
During the wilderness years, the priests had something similar to a magic vest. It was
called an ephod that had a unique chest-piece attached to it. The priests wore many
special garments that set them apart, including a chest-piece, an ephod, a robe, a
patterned tunic, a turban, and a sash (Exodus 28:4). The chest-piece was covered in
gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel as a continual reminder that the
priest represented the people when he came before the Lord.
Exodus 28:30 describes how the vest was used in making decisions from God: “Insert
the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chest-piece so they will be carried over Aaron’s
heart when he goes into the LORD’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over
his heart the objects used to determine the LORD’s will for his people whenever he goes
in before the LORD.”
Much mystery surrounds the Urim and Thummim, for Scripture doesn’t describe their
physical appearance or the meaning of the words. Scholars debate their substance and
meaning. Merrill Unger has suggested that their names mean “lights” (Urim) and
“perfection” (Thummim), while others suggest they have to do with curses and blessings.
We don’t know if they were small black and white stones or objects with writing on them.
Though the process for consulting God with the Urim and Thummim is not recorded in
Scripture, what we do know is that the high priest used them in order to get a “yes” or
“no” answer from the Lord when direction was needed.
Just before they entered the Promised Land, the Lord gave instructions and reminded
the Israelites to use the Urim and Thummim when they needed direction. This practice
continued for many generations.
Sometimes I wish I had a magic vest with “yes” or “no” rocks inside. Yet through the
New Covenant, God gives us a fuller revelation than the Israelites had. He has given us
His Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all
truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you
about the future” (John 16:13).
We don’t need a magic vest. The only thing magic about the Urim and Thummim was
that God chose to communicate with His people through them. He is the supernatural
element, and He has given us access to Himself through His Son. If you are wishing you
had a magic vest today to know how to parent your children, what next steps to take, or
what the future holds for you, just ask God. Then take time to really listen. He wants to
give us direction. “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I
will advise you and watch over you.’” (Psalm 32:8, NLT)
Scripture instructs us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God for it (James 1:5).
Through the Holy Spirit we have everything we need. He will teach us (1 John 2:27),
show us God’s deep secrets (1 Corinthians 2:10), and remind us of the things Jesus
taught (John 14:26). As we seek God wholeheartedly and approach Him with our
questions, He will guide us through His Holy Spirit. While a magic vest sounds nice,
what we have in Christ is so much better. We have direct access to our Creator God
who longs to help through the yes’s and no’s of life.
Take a moment to identify an area where you are seeking specific guidance. Whether
you need direction in time management, resolving conflict, or whether to make some big
life changes, bring your situation to God. Ask Him to show you through His Word,
nudges of His Holy Spirit, or through circumstances. Then open your eyes and ears with
anticipation knowing that He will truly lead you along the best pathway for your life! A
great way to implement these truths would be to join the seven day Contentment Project
which includes daily time of focus on God. LINK: Contentment Project
by, Melissa Spoelstra