In Acts Chapter 8, an angel of God spoke to an evangelist named Philip and told him to travel south and take the road that leads down from Jerusalem to Gaza. As he did so, Philip encountered an official from the government of Ethiopia, riding in a chariot and reading from a scroll. It was the Book of Isaiah. Philip approached the chariot and asked the man if he understood that which he was reading.
“How can I, unless someone explains it to me?” the man replied in verse 31. So he invited Philip up into his chariot and Philip explained to him how Isaiah was writing about Jesus. The Ethiopian understood, believed and asked to be baptized. They found water along the road and it was done.
There are several lessons in this passage.
One is that we should always be alert to the leading of God so that He can have us in the right place at the right time, as Philip was.
Another is from the Ethiopian’s viewpoint: don’t be too proud to ask for help when you need it. It may have been hard on the pride of a high government official, but this man was wise enough to know that it was better to humble himself and ask someone with more complete understanding to show him the way to God.
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