July 9, 2021 - Acts 8:26-40
I was on my way to the airport and started a conversation with the driver of the van in which I was riding. The question I first asked was, “Where are you from, I noticed an accent in your voice?” I found out he was from Iraq and had traveled here to provide for his family and to start a new life. I then encouraged him that he could find peace in Jesus.
As Philip arose and went south into the desert, he met a man from Ethiopia who was a person of great authority (v. 27). Philip was led by the Lord to go and speak with this man who had been to Jerusalem to worship and was returning to his country. This man’s desire to worship was apparently heightened after being to the temple and hearing God’s word.
The Ethiopian had become a seeker who was trying to understand the teachings of scriptures but found it elusive with his limited understanding. The man’s desire to know the Lord’s teachings was obvious as Philip found him reading Isaiah, yet he was unable to comprehend the truths he was reading. The teaching of scripture became clear to the Ethiopian when Philip, who had been directed by the Spirit, offered instruction and guidance. Through the simple explanation of the message of Christ, the Ethiopian placed his trust in Christ and desired to be baptized. His confession of belief led Philip to stop the chariot and take the man down to the water for baptism.
This interaction is accomplished as Philip is sensitive and obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and went where he was directed. Romans 10:14-15 states, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?”
Each day the Spirit will seek to lead us into opportunities to do His work. It may not be as clear or direct as Philip’s leading in this passage but the Spirit will speak. Will we be listening? Take some time to read, pray and be silent before the Lord. He may direct you to speak of His love or assist someone. May we obey like Philip and as a result see the power of God manifested in our conversations and interactions.