Acts 8:26-40 (KJV)
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
When it comes to obedience, we always want to ask, “Why?” Sometimes we just need to go. If you are anything like me, you want to know what the plan is. Where, when, and why. In the scripture, above we see Philip. An angel told him to go, he didn’t ask where or why, he just went. Philip obeyed and went. Along his journey, he ran into the Ethiopian eunuch. Because of his obedience, the eunuch got saved and baptized. Our obedience is usually for someone else’s benefit.
We need to act like Philip. When God tells us to go, we need to go. He may not tell us exactly what His plans are. Maybe we are not ready for the rest of the plan. If we knew the trials we would face along the journey, we would bail out before we got to the end. God knows if we just continue going and growing, when we get to the end, we will be ready for whatever it is. Sometimes we just have to go.
I know that I have been slacking on my blog posts. I have been trying to be obedient to God and finish my book. I am so close and it is taking all my energy. I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me when it is finished.
Another great message. Thanks Connie!