Weird Instructions

Do you ever get a notion to do something quite out of the ordinary? Does the Holy Spirit prompt you to do unexplainable things? Me too! And so it was for Philip in Acts 8.

An angel told him to take the desert road to Gaza. (Who wants to go into the desert?)

There Philip game upon a high official of the Ethiopian Queen. (Would you have the courage to speak to someone in such high places?)

And then the Holy Spirit says, Walk along beside the carriage. (Philip had no authority to go near this high-placed person!)

Do you see how the Lord works? One little step at a time. Go here, walk there. Suppose Philip had refused the hot desert walk or felt afraid of the ‘celebrity’ he had to address?

Then the unthinkable would have happened. That high-placed celebrity would have missed out on his conversion and baptism.

Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. (Acts 8:35b-38, NLT)

And Philip no doubt encouraged by this wonderful encounter, (and quite used to weird happenings by now), suddenly found himself farther north at Azotus, where he preached the good news from there to Caesarea. (Acts 8:39-40)

So dear ones take that first small step, weird though it might be, for it leads to Jesus for many.

Prayer- Father, we confess we have feared the unknown, but now we understand that is where we find you. Give us the grace to forge ahead into our own desert place. Amen.

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