God certainly works in strange ways in drawing people to himself. We don’t even know the name of the jailer of Paul and Silas mentioned in Acts (Acts 16). He shall forever remain just “the jailer.” We do know he had a household and a “whole family.” We can picture a plain, rough man, a working wife and a collection of well-disciplined children. I see them as a microcosm of the human race at its natural best.
Why were they picked out by God to receive the message? To get the answer one has to go with Paul to the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17). There he proclaimed the message to a highly educated elite. The result was quite different from that with the plain, rough jailer. As Paul later wrote to the Corinthians: “Not many of you are wise, as men account wisdom; not many are influential; and surely not many are well-born. God chose those whom the world considers absurd to shame the wise; he singled out the weak of this world to shame the strong” (1 Cor 1).
Give me the humility, Lord, to be able to hear your word and respond to it. Let me not be puffed up with my own importance.