By: Scott Beiermann
“But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official, of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet, Isaiah.” – Acts 8:26-28
God is amazing. He not only created the world and set it in an orbit that perfectly gives us 24 hours in a day. Even with all of this amazing detail requiring precise timing and precision, He created an element that has the potential to disrupt all of this balance: us. When He created us He created in us the ability to choose. This ability gives us the capacity to respect or disrespect God’s good and perfect creation.
Our fallen world and its condition is a result of generations of people making choices to follow the guidance of the Lord or not. He wants the best for us, but often we do not choose what is best. Our lives are the ultimate “select-a-path” story that we are living out every day. The difference is that God, the author of our lives, knows our story from beginning to end. He provides His Spirit to help to guide us. It is up to us to make a decision if we are going to listen to His Spirit.
In Acts 8 Philip makes a good choice and it has a profound influence, so much so it warrants being mentioned in the Bible. An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip and told him to go for a walk. No more instructions or details than that. Heading down the road, Philip did not know what would happen, or who he would meet. With this lack of information, many of us would not even get off of our couches, but Philip’s faith in the word that he received meant that he didn’t hesitate. He just stood up and started walking
During his walk he happend upon an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading scripture. This encounter turned into an opportunity to share about Jesus and what He had done for the world. After their discussion, the Ethiopian eunuch made a decision to accept Christ and be baptized. Then another miracle happened and maybe God had decided that Philip had walked enough because the Bible says that he was immediately transported to another city.
Most of us when reading this passage gloss over it, but if we look at it deeply, God called Philip to go do something mundane (go for a walk), and performed two miracles: the salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch and a Star Trek-like transport to another city. Though God’s power was the force that made all of this happen, the cause was not God’s power, but Philip’s obedience. It is only when he decided to obey God in the mundane that miracles happened.
The scripture tells us time and time again that what God wants more than anything is our obedience. He has a plan for our lives and a great vision for what His creation should be like, but we choose if we are going to follow His commands.
What is God calling you to today? When you choose to follow His commands miracles happen.