Friday: April 30, 2020
Reference text: Acts 8:26-40
Acts 8:26,28 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. Then the Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
For people who are not tech or mechanically savvy, assembling equipment or using a new gadget can appear an uphill struggle. Therefore, manufacturers include manuals in their products. While we might expect these manuals to enhance our interaction with these products by offering step-by-step instruction, some contain such scanty information that in the long run, they are rather unhelpful.
For others who are tech savvy, they tend to abandon the manual entirely and instead rely on their own prior experiences. This may work, but where minor or major enhancements have been included, one is likely to end up doing more harm. We see a typical example of how a manual in action, followed step-by-step achieves intended results. We might consider Philip the purchaser of a new product, the Holy Spirit as the manual and Salvation for the Ethiopian Eunuch the end goal.
The instructions Philip received were so clear and specific that it led exactly to one location, one individual and one outcome. The timing was perfect, the route, already mapped out and every provision made available in anticipation: the scripture being read and the water for baptism. This is one story where coincidence is entirely eliminated, but a well mapped out blueprint is seen in execution. However, it took Philip’s obedience to follow the manual absolutely.
Beloved, when the Spirit of God provides guidance, it is linked to a specific outcome that aligns with the will of God for an individual. The instructions received set us on a course for ‘God’s intended destination for us’. Sweetheart, God has no desire to lead you elsewhere but into His very best for you hence His Spirit and His word to guide. But, how much listening are you doing and how much obedience are you showing?