An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is the desert road.) So he got up and went.
There was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch and high official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to worship in Jerusalem and was sitting in his chariot on his way home, reading the prophet Isaiah aloud.
The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.” When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading? ” “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me? ” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Acts 8:26-31 HCSB
Father I pray for faithfulness to act when called. I pray that when You speak that I not only listen but I answer and respond. I pray that when Your angels direct me that I go without hesitation or question. May my faith be unshakable and unquestionable. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Both Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch were open, receptive, and obedient to God. Philip could have questioned the angel, and could have refused to obey the Spirit’s directives. The eunuch could have been close-minded and dismissed Philip, instead he welcomed him into his chariot to read the scriptures.
We need to be more like this example, and less cynical and skeptical. We need to be more open because we never know what opportunities or blessings may come our way.
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