Philip was led by the Holy Spirit
I am so amazed how Philip recognized the voice of the Spirit and how he quickly obeyed. Luke says in verse 26, “Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza (This is a wilderness road) . . . So he got up and went.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all can hear the voice of the Lord like Philip? It will be really nice if we can obey the voice of God like Philip in today’s text. There were two different ways to Gaza from Jerusalem. One way was to travel along the shore. The other way was to go through a desert road, Hebron. Philip chose to go through the desert road. It was about 43.5 mile distance from Jerusalem to Gaza. If you think about a moment, it will make more sense to us if Philip chooses to travel along the shore. But Philip went through the desert road which was a lot more difficult to travel. Philip was led by the Holy Spirit instead of using his past experience or common sense or convenience.
Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch
Luke says that Philip got up immediately and went to Gaza. When Philip obeyed the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God led him to an Ethiopian Eunuch who was in charge of the entire treasury of Ethiopia. He went to Jerusalem to worship and was on the back to his own country. He was sitting on his chariot and was reading the prophet Isaiah.
Once again, the Spirit of God told Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” I don’t know about you, but I wish God does not tell me to approach a stranger. Let’s be honest! How many of us feel comfortable approaching to a totally stranger, unless you are a car salesperson in a dealership. I know that they are good at approaching to the strangers. Guess what? Our Bible says in verse 30, “So Philip ran up to it . . .” He did not even drag his feet to meet this stranger, but he ran to the chariot. Wow! What a obedience! Psalms 119:60 says, “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” We know that scripture tells us that both God’s will and His timing is perfect (Psalm 28:30), yet all too often we still choose to procrastinate our obedience. We think that if we intend to obey are want to obey, that somehow equates to obeying, but it doesn’t. God does not speak for no reason, when He calls us it’s for a “right now” purpose. Therefore, delayed obedience is still disobedience because we’ve missed His purpose and timing.