Sunday 23 February, 2020

Acts 8:26-40

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

What an amazing incident. I love how God works and that we get to see both sides of the story. God sees the Ethiopian man, a seeker who desires to truly know God. God sees Philip, a God follower and believer in Jesus, who desires to serve God and spread the Good News. In a beautifully creative and at the same time incredibly understated way, God gives both men the desires of their heart by using Philip to share the Good News with the Ethiopian man.

I read this account and marvel at the goodness of God.

Thank you God that you are the same today, using people all over the world to answer prayers and fulfill desires. Lord, help me to lay down the things that get in the way of being available to you, the fears and insecurities. Help me to be aware of the bigger picture and to walk by faith, with expectancy that you will use me like you used Philip, to point people to Jesus. Amen. 

Written by Ps. Bethany Waugh

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