And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
It is important in our Christian lives that we obey the Lord. It is important that we obey even when we might not understand. In this chapter, Philip is travelling and preaching and leading a great revival around Samaria. People are getting saved, the Lord is being honored, and everything is going great. Then, all of a sudden, in verse 26, the Lord tells him to get up and go south into the desert. That probably didn’t make a lot of sense to Philip at the time. Why would the Lord want him to leave this great revival and go to the desert? But God had a plan.
There was an Ethiopian man there in the desert, sitting in his chariot, reading a passage from Isaiah. He didn’t understand what he was reading and needed someone to explain it to him. Philip was that someone. In time, the eunuch was saved, baptized and “went on his way rejoicing.” He wanted to know the Lord and God sent someone to him.
It is important for us to remember the value of one soul. Some people and churches get wrapped up in “numbers” – they want to have thousands and thousands of people (and there is nothing wrong with that). But God is interested in one. He is interested in each person individually, and that is how we must deal with people – one by one.