Thursday: 19th April, 2018
Reference text: Acts 8:26-40
Acts 8:26 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.
Among the questions we faced during our AKC lectures this past term, one that stood out was ‘Does God have a plan?’ You can push your luck further and even ask a tougher one: ‘does He even have the slightest idea of what He is doing? You may have asked this question in more than one way, but on every account the answer will remain the same – Yes, He does have a plan.
He is not a God to whom you can attribute coincidences. In the text, Philip was given strict instructions to set off at a particular time along a specific road. His path was set on a course that would collide with that of the Eunuch. Why the Eunuch was reading that text from Isaiah and how they managed to find water on the ‘dessert road’ (v1) on which they travelled only goes further to emphasise that this was certainly more than a meeting by chance.
We see Philip follow his instructions to the letter and ultimately fulfilled the purpose of his meeting with the Eunuch. Beloved, our God has the best of intentions to order our steps in a manner that brings us into contact with those people on whose life we will have an influence or who will have an influence on ours. However, it takes obedience to set off and to stay on that path.
Even more instructions were received while Philip was on the move because it is easier to direct a moving body than one that is stationary. So my dear, God does have a plan for you and rest assured, it is a good one. Yet, we often strive to force our way our of them with our disobedience and desire to have things our way. God remains Almighty, nonetheless, our cooperation is needed to keep us in His perfect will.
Remember # get moving and stay in obedience while on the way.