“Chance” Encounter

by | Jan 11, 2019 | Vital Men Devotions

Acts 8:26-31 (NASB) ‘But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road. ) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. ‘ 

How often in your life, when inconveniences, delays or redirects occur, do you allow yourself to become frustrated or discouraged.  I talk a great deal on here about perspective and attitude.  I believe that it has a great bearing on how we go through this life and how God can use for His purpose. 

One thing I don’t believe I’ve talked about is what I refer to as divine appointments.  There are no coincidences.  God moves us and guides us to the things and places He would have us.  Sometimes His purpose becomes clear to us, why He’d place us where and when He does and what He’d have us do with it.  Other times we don’t get to see it, but can only trust it is for His purpose.  Other times yet, we miss the purpose because we allow frustration with the situation to cloud our vision.  Our misaligned perspective prevents us from being used to accomplish the divine purpose He set the appointment for. 

Think about all the times, something happened to interrupt your plans, but ended up leading to something great and spirit filled.  A “chance” encounter where God used you to exhort, encourage, sympathize,  prophesy or share the gospel Truth of Jesus.  The point is, we do not always know the why, but must always trust that the purpose is His and stay open to the potential appointment and possibility to be used by Him in amazing ways.  This is often times as much for our sake as it is for the sake of another.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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