Philip was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, a place that is usually unsafe, especially alone. He followed the Spirit’s lead. In our own journeys of faith how often have we felt the nudge to go somewhere we questioned? In those times when we allowed our inner fears to trump the nudge, each of us probably missed an opportunity to share our faith.
As Philip drew near to the eunuch, he heard him reading from Isaiah, “.. led like a sheep to the slaughter…” Again led by the Spirit, Philip engaged the man in conversation. How many times has God opened our eyes to someone who was wrestling with a passage of scripture or some other challenge life has brought their way? Here to we each probably felt the nudge or heard the still, small voice saying “Go.” Again we maybe missed the chance to share our faith or to bear another’s burdens as we chose to flee instead of to go. We allow all the questions and doubts to again trump the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Philip was not seminary trained, he was just Spirit-led. He did not have some extra-special connection or pipeline to the Holy Spirit. He had the same connection we have – through our relationship with Jesus Christ. Philip trusted the nudge. Philip was committed to sharing the good news. In this instance he forever changed a man’s life. This week we will all probably have the opportunity to share our faith. May our faith allow us to make the same decision Philip made: to go where the Spirit leads and to trust in our Lord and Savior.
Scripture reference: Acts 8: 26-40