So far in Acts 8 Philip has had an important role (vv.4-25). He is the central figure in the Gospel’s spread to Samaria and we can say that he was being used mightily of God (vv.6-8). Then, in the midst of a fruitful ministry an angel of the Lord told Philip to travel to a quiet and seldom-used road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza (cf. “This is a desert place“).
James Montgomery Boice wrote about Philip, that he was
“…the front-line man. He seemed to be utterly indispensable. Yet it was at precisely this moment when God called him to leave the area”.
At the precise moment when Philip seemed to be at his most fruitful, God directed his efforts elsewhere. Philip knew the wisdom of God is far higher than the wisdom of man (Isaiah 55.8-9) and submitted to and obeyed the plan (v.27).
How would you feel if God were to do the same for you?
If God were to call you out of the comfortable job and life that you lead and direct you to a desert place, a place where nothing much seems to be happening, but a place where He knows something is about to happen, how would you respond?
If God were to say “I am sending you to _______ “, how would you respond?
We like to think that as Philip rose and went, we would too, don’t we?
The reality is that whilst God might not call us to far and distant places, every day He does call us to obedience and submission.
We might not be called to rise and go toward…, but we are called to love God with all that we’ve got and to love others as ourselves (Luke 10.27).
We might not be called to run alongside chariots as Philip did (Acts 8.30) but we are called to carry out justice, to love faithfulness, and to live obediently before your God (Micah 6.8).