Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch – The Spirit’s Leading

Acts 8:29 says, “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.”  Now, whether this was an audible voice, I don’t know.  But for our purposes, it doesn’t matter.  Luke, the historian, clearly and absolutely writes that the reason Philip went over to the chariot was because God told him to.

It wasn’t ultimately because of Philip’s intuition or wisdom or any human trait.  It was because the Spirit told Him to go.  Whether the Holy Spirit regularly works like this today, I don’t know.  We have the sufficiency of Scripture, and He helps us to understand it, so I don’t know that He necessarily says things like, as one pastor put it, “Go and give that guy five dollars.”  I’m not sure.  I’m open, but cautious.

But what I do know is that this is the case here in Philip’s situation.  And what an amazing thing that it is.  At this point, do you have any doubt in your mind that it was God’s intent to save this Ethiopian Eunuch?  It’s clear to me that He didn’t simply die on the cross and then said to the Eunuch, “You do what you want with it.”  This seems like a relentless pursuit of him.

It is in this same fashion that, if you’re a believer, God has pursued you.  He has sovereignly worked through circumstances and people in your life to draw you to Himself.  And what a grace that is!  That’s a greater grace than the misconception that God leaves it up to us to find Him.  He does the finding.

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