The funny thing is, Jacob–of all people–was the one God gave the special promise to, the same promise he had given his grandfather Abraham: “I will rescue the world through your family.” (But then God chooses people we least expect, as we’ll see.)
-Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible
When reading to Jude a few nights ago, I smiled as my eyes came across these words. From Genesis to Revelation, God establishes a consistent pattern: He chooses the unexpected. He chose wily Jacob to father a nation. He chose an insignificant and idolatrous nation, Israel, to be his people. He chose David, the runt who was forgotten even by his own father, to be king over Israel. He chose fishermen and a tax collector to establish his church. He chose us–the foolish, weak, and lowly–to be his people indwelled by his Spirit and proclaiming his truth in this world (1 Cor 1:26-29).
God uses “things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Cor 1:28-29). God magnifies his glory by using the unexpected.
To be honest, sometimes when I look at my little four-year old boy with autism, I grow afraid for what the future holds for him. But then fear gives way to prayer as I lean upon the unchanging character of God. I do not know how God will use my little boy in his lifetime, but I do know that God delights in choosing people we least expect. So I pray that he will–that he will make Jude into a man who knows Jesus passionately and makes Jesus known fervently. I anticipate God doing the unexpected. Do you?