“Don’t Ask. Just Do, and See”
by Joe Kim, ATS Graduate Intern, Senior High Pastor @ Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. – Acts 8:26-40
My younger brother and I were raised in the church. My brother attended church until he graduated high school. He never really liked church to begin with. Sure, he believed in God but He did not like church.
After he graduated high school and went off to college he stopped going to church living life the way he wanted to. My brother is a lot bigger than I am. For years I tried to talk to my brother about going to church and he would always get angry with me and I would always cower because of his physical superiority.
After two years of not asking or even mentioning the word church to my brother, something started to tug at my heart again. God was telling me that I should ask my brother. I was so scared but I figured I would give it one last shot.
As my brother and I were in the car going somewhere, I felt a strong tugging at my heart, the Spirit was telling me this was the moment. I finally just gave up and did not ask God any questions and I asked my brother if he would like to go to church. He simply said ok.
The moment I stopped fearing and questioning God and complaining to Him about how my brother was not going to church, the moment I decided to just do it and ask my brother, I was able to see what God was going to do. And now at the age of 28, my brother is a deacon in the church and is in charge of all the finances for the church.
When Philip was called to leave the great revival he was having, Philip did not say anything back to God, he simply got up and left to the desert where God told him to go. Once there, he was able to see the wonderful opportunity that God had provided for him. To minister to a Eunuch, a powerful one at that.
When we learn to not question God about anything He asks of us and just act on His calling, we will see the amazing things that He will do in our lives.
Is God calling you to act in a certain situation right now?
Father, I pray for a heart that will wholeheartedly trust in You and Your guidance. Please give me the confidence and faith to not question Your will an to just act when You tell me to so that I can see all of the amazing things You have in store for me.