Expecting the unexpected
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority. Psalm 8:3-6
When the Psalmist began to reflect upon the glory of God, he was in awe recognizing how great God was. He looked at the creation and marveled in the beauty of God’s creation. Then, he reflected within in the light of God’s majestic design in creation, he felt insignificant. And yet in spite of his insignificance, man is no accident. He was created by God for a purpose. When one remembers that each person in the world, without regard to his ethnicity or social status, has been created in God’s image. He was crowned with glory and honor. He was given dominion over the works of God. Therefore, it is indefensible to degrade or dishonor that person. Reflecting upon these truths recounted by David should help us think twice when we start to degrade or demean our existence. Once we fall into this mindset, we will start to question our existence. Yet, God wants us to be assured that He cares for us and He thinks about us. He’s working in the lives of His people. With this in mind, let us expect that God will work in moments of our lives we least expect Him to act. We were given examples from the Bible of God intervening in the lives of His people unexpectedly. In old age, Abraham finally got the son God had promised to him. He fixed his hope to God’s promise that Sarah will give birth at her old age. Then the unexpected came when God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on the mountain. But at the moment of obedience were Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, God came through and provided an animal to sacrifice. Even though the prophet Hosea had lived righteously before his Lord and had been faithful to his wife, Gomer, she left their home. She became a prostitute in the streets of Israel. Then God did the unexpected, commanded Gomer to find her and remarry her. When the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was sent to the world to save us, though He is God, He was born in a lowly manger in an ordinary village of Nazareth. His mother was a young woman to be married to a carpenter. When God chose the disciples who would initially represent Him and establish the church, these individuals were referred to as “ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures” (Acts 4:13). They were unschooled fishermen, a tax collector, a doubter, and a former Pharisee who had persecuted and placed Christians to jail for their faith. God continued doing the unexpected where He chose some very unusual persons down through the ages. In fact, He seems to delight in such surprising choices to this very day. When you feel tired and bored with the monotony of your life, just like David, reflect upon God’s greatness and let Him be the God of your life expecting that He will act to manifest His beauty and glory though your life.
Noel De Guzman