Week Ten - Day Two
Trust that he is working in their hearts
Acts 8:29-35 - And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you under- stand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
This Ethiopian man had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was returning. He was sitting in his chariot and reading from the prophet Isaiah. It seems this man was a sincere seeker after God. He had been worshiping in Israel, yet because he was a eunuch he would have been prevented from entering the Temple (Deut 23:1). He was still yearning to understand God’s promises.
So, God stirred the heart of Philip in the midst of the revival in Samaria and said, “Go down to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza, that desert place.” When he got there, he saw the chariot and the man sitting in the chariot, and the Lord said to him, “Go over and join this chariot” (v. 29). What did Philip do? He “ran” to the man and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch then invited Philip to explain the Scripture to him.
We sometimes assume others will not be receptive to conversations about their spiritual life. But, we don’t really know what may be taking place in the heart of an- other person. Philip responded to God’s call in that precise moment to move toward the eunuch. God is moving to soften and open the hearts of people he has placed in our lives. God does the same work in the lives of those you know as he did in the life of the Ethiopian eunuch.
- God is working to open the heart of your One Life(s). Do you think they won't be interested?
- What is a single way you can move toward your One Life(s) like Philip did with the Ethiopian eunuch?