Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over
to this chariot and join it.”
–Acts 8:29

Acts 8:26-40

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Twice in this passage, Philip responds to the prompting of the Spirit.

In verse 26 the Spirit tells Philip to “Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”

Philip's response? “... he got up and went” (verse 27).

Philip has learned to discern and respond to the leading of the Spirit and, as a result, he is in the right place at the right time and ready for a divine appointment.

A divine appointment is when God leads us to be in the right place at the right time to be a witness for Christ.

Because Philip was in the right place at the right time, he is able to introduce the Ethiopian eunuch to Christ.

Philip's willingness to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit results not only in this one man coming to know the salvation of Christ, but tradition holds that the eunuch, in turn, founded the church in Ethiopia.

One act of faithfulness was multiplied in such a way that an entire nation came to know the good news of Christ.

Today, ask God for the privilege of being used for a divine appointment.

Ask God to give you sensitivity to prompting of the Holy Spirit and a willingness to obediently respond to whatever the Spirit leads you to do.

If the Spirit prompts you to call someone, pick up the phone and make the call. You do not need to say anything more than, “I was just thinking about you and wanted to see how you are doing.”

The more we respond to the Spirit the easier it becomes for us to discern the difference between the leading of the Spirit and our own thoughts.