By Shawn Paul
A great truth for application into our lives can be found in the account of Philip and the Ethiopian from Acts 8:26-40.
Philip blocked all personal thoughts and concerns from his consciousness, focused on God’s will, and went where he was sent to do the work God had planned for him to do. The result was another soul saved and added to the kingdom of God.
The message also reminded me of another passage from Isaiah 55:8-13:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
When God leads us to serve him in a certain place, at a certain time, to certain people, in a certain way, we shouldn’t make excuses to shrug off these opportunities, nor should we place limits on or discourage ourselves, others, or especially God. Instead, we should focus on God’s direction according to his will, be encouraged as well as encouragers, and place our continual faith in the Lord, remembering the mighty works he can accomplish through the use of so little by our standards and understanding.
God bless, friends.