Pr. 1:5-6: “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.”
Continuing in Acts 8 today I again found Philip, doing something for which he is probably more famous than the verses I referred to yesterday.
In vs. 26 an angel of the Lord told him to get up and go south. Philip did so and found a very powerful Ethiopian eunuch in a chariot, reading the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked the man, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And the man said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” He then asked Philip to come sit with him, read him a passage that was confusing him, and asked Philip to explain.
Philip then explained, preaching Jesus to him and the man was baptized immediately. Hallelujah!
Sometimes the Word can be an enigma. The proverb above says that wise people increase learning and attain wise counsel.
If there is something in the Word that we don’t understand, we don’t need to be afraid to ask for help. That is wisdom, and the Word was given to us in order that we may know our Lord.
If, like Philip, the Holy Spirit sends us to someone who does not understand, we must trust that God will give us the words. But we must know the Lord and His Word in order to share. We must continue to feed on the Word of God (the Bread of Life) and spend time with the Lord in prayer.
Philip was ready to explain. The Holy Spirit called upon him, knowing full well that Philip was the one for the job. Certainly God was with Philip the entire time, and Philip was not only willing, but also able. He was full of the Lord and able to offer the Ethiopian the same gift.
Sometimes people are just waiting for someone to show up and guide them. Perhaps we’re the ones for the job.
Keep feeding on that Bread!