and there was an ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of candace, queen of the ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. he had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet isaiah. and the Spirit said to philip, “go over and join this chariot.” [acts 8:27b-29]

God’s sovereignty is so evident in this moment. philip encounters an ethiopian eunuch as he follows the Spirit’s prompting to go down to the road from jerusalem to gaza and then over to this eunuch’s chariot. this eunuch happens to be reading the prophet isaiah… who specifically prophesied that God would grant devout eunuchs a heritage “better than sons and daughters.”
    [3] let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
“the LORD will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
“behold, I am a dry tree.”
[4] for thus says the LORD:
“to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
[5] i will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
i will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off. [isaiah 56:3-5:]
God sovereignly ordains philip to meet this eunuch and evangelize to him. this is  the same God who spoke through isaiah hundreds of years earlier to say that all people would be part of the people of God. and this is the same God who has intentionally saved you and i to himself.
o God, thank you for your sovereignty and your care over our lives. thank you for your intentionality in saving me. make us sensitive to your Spirit’s promptings today. we ask that you would save those around us. use us Lord, for your glory and to grow your kingdom.
~ john sandman