As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
Acts of the Apostles 8:26-31 NLT
Let me give some context to our passage. Philip had been preaching in Samaria, and God was performing extraordinary miracles. There was an explosion of God going on so strong that the apostles in Jerusalem sent Peter and John to help the work move forward.
During this great move of God, God told Philip to leave and go south on a desert road. God did not tell him what would happen, but he went by faith and in obedience to God.
While Philip was there, he met an Ethiopian who just happened to be reading from Isaiah 53. The man was a powerful and influential leader in Ethiopia. Philip followed the leading of the Spirit and spoke to the man. That conversation led to Philip explaining the prophetic words about Jesus. The Ethiopian received the word and requested to be baptized. Then Philip was taken away in the Spirit to another place.
History records for us a tremendous outpouring of the Spirit in Ethiopia during the time of the early church. Historians believe this one man led that move of God.
When we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, He can clarify a direction that may seem strange in the natural. Why would Philip leave a place where great miracles were happening and where people were turning to God in great numbers? Why choose one man over hundreds?
The answer is that God had a master plan and that plan included reaching a nation through that one man. Philip could not see that plan with natural eyes. He had to trust the Spirit and walk by faith.
I believe God still works this way today. There can be and should be some divine encounters we have with people simply because we are in the place God tells us to be. When we walk daily in submission to the Holy Spirit, we have some conversations that will open incredible doors.
Holy Spirit, I want to experience You working in and through me. I want my ears to hear Your leading in every part of my life. I want to be a part of God’s master plan.
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