BE READY TO SET OFF

Thursday: 9th May, 2019

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.

On a very cursory note, or for others who are superstitious, ‘too many coincidences equates to fate’. For some people therefore, an unplanned meeting of the same person multiple times in the same day could be a sign that there may be more expected from those encounters. The events that occur in the Acts of the Apostles between the Ethiopian Eunuch and Philip is one that has some similarity with the description above.

However, our attention needs to be shifted to something more important than just coincidence, and rather towards a perfectly executed plan. For a high ranking official in charge of the Royal Treasury, the Eunuchs pilgrimage would have been planned seasons in advance, down to the last detail because the gap his absence would create had to be managed until he returned.

For Philip also, the only reason he set course for the said road was because he had received instruction to. In his case, we also get to see how specific the information was – the path to take was so clear that it would be difficult to miss. Eventually, their two separate lives aligned exactly when the time was right.

Beloved, what may seem like a coincidence to us, certainly isn’t because God does not do things by accident. Simply put, there are no coincidences with God. The path he presents for you to follow fits into another one of the pieces needed to complete the puzzle for your life. He is setting you up to meet all the people you need to and to do all that you need to. Like Philip, you only need to be ready to set off after receiving instruction.

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