The practice of casting lots is frequently mentioned in the Bible as a way people made decisions in the ancient world. It was always done with a sense of the leading of their god (whatever religion). The answer was apparently always a simple “yes” or “no”- like when we flip a coin to decide things.
In this verse, opposing parties settled disagreements by casting the lot. There was an obvious pre-condition between them. Both were willing to let God decide and that they are also comfortable to let the lot show them.
Admittedly, this method of decision-making may appeal to some. They don’t have to actually decide anything themselves – just flip a coin and leave it to God! But I don’t think this is a great way to do business. It seems to be more trusting FATE than having FAITH.
Instead, I find it refreshing and empowering to have a personal relationship with the LORD. He really does lead me – give me a sense of the plan and what I am supposed to do. Learning to stay Honest, Open and Willing (HOW) to what He is doing in my life – one day at a time – I just can’t lose!