April 26

Acts 8:26-31

“So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.” vss. 30-31

The Ethiopian, evidently a descendent of Jews who had settled in Ethiopia centuries before, had come up to Jerusalem to worship at one of the festivals. And now, as he was going home, he was reading a scroll that he had perhaps picked up during his visit. It was Isaiah, and, like us, when we dig around in the prophets, he was having a tough time making sense of it. Fortunately, the Spirit-led hitch-hiker, Philip, bummed a ride and offered to be his guide. There are days when we’d love for that to happen. No matter who we are, there are times when we just can’t figure stuff out, and it doesn’t only happen with the bible. In those moments what a blessing it is to have a trusted friend or counselor, maybe even a pastor, who is willing to offer us guidance and a new perspective! These are indeed Spirit moments, unexpected times when just a few words can bring clarification and understanding. It happens with faith issues, relationship problems–it could even happen with a golf swing gone bad. Sometimes, like Philip, our guides show up out of nowhere–at other times it might take a search. None of us have all the answers–and often the wisest thing we can do is ask for help.

Thought for the Day: When has a guide been a God-send for me?

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