DIVINE APPOINTMENTS

Scripture Reading:  Acts 8:26-40

“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’  This is a desert place.  And he rose and went.  And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure.  He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.” (Acts 8:26-28)

The account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch should encourage us to fulfill Christ’s call to be His witnesses.  An angel directed Philip to a certain location in the desert.  When Philip arrived, he came across this Ethiopian eunuch, who happened to be the treasurer of the Ethiopian royal court.  He was a man of great influence and power.

God had been working in the Ethiopian’s life, for we are told that he had come to Jerusalem to worship (v. 27).  When Philip found him, the Ethiopian was reading from the prophecy of Isaiah.  Now let me ask you a question — What were the odds of such an encounter as this?  Here was a highly influential Ethiopian, who had heard about the God of Israel, sitting in his chariot in the desert, reading the prophecy of Isaiah — and a specific Messianic prophecy at that.

Philip realized that this was a divine appointment.  He initiated a conversation with the Ethiopian and began to explain the passage that he was reading.  Philip told the Ethiopian how Jesus had fulfilled the prophecy, for Jesus was the suffering servant of whom Isaiah spoke.  God saved the Ethiopian and he was baptized.  Ireneas, one of the early church fathers, tells us that the Ethiopian eunuch became a missionary among his own people.

God still sets up divine appointments.  I can recall several occasions when God placed me before people whom He had prepared to hear the message of the gospel.  God wants us to be available and open to His leading.  Peter put it like this:  “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to every one who asks you go give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (I Peter 3:15).

Lord Jesus, let me be sensitive to the leading of Your Spirit.  I pray that You give me a divine appointment today.  I am available and ready to tell others about the grace, love and forgiveness that can be found in You.

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