• Dr. Mike Routt

A Word from Dr. Mike - 4/20/22

A divine appointment is defined as an opportunity to share the gospel with a non-Christian. It occurs at a specific time and a specific place. It is GOD’s timing.

An powerful example of a divine appointment is found in Acts 8: 26-40. The story involves Philip and an Ethiopian Treasurer.

The story begins with Philip preaching CHRIST in a city in Samaria. Lives were being changed. Verse 8 declares, “And there was great joy in that city.”

In Acts 8:26, GOD called Philip to leave that great revival and “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is desert.”

Leaving a great “revival meeting” to go to the desert doesn’t look like a good, rational decision. But GOD has a purpose.

Simultaneous to Philip’s journey to the desert, according to Acts 8: 27-28, “a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning (to Ethiopia). And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.”

Verse 29 presents the divine appointment: “Then the SPIRIT said to Philip, ‘Go near and overtake this chariot.’”

While he visited Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Treasurer heard the gospel being preached. Now, as he is traveling home, he is reading Isaiah the prophet. Why?

Isaiah 53 details the death of JESUS on the cross. He is searching for and seeking to understand the truth of the message he heard.

In verse 30, Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Verse 31 reveals this Ethiopian Treasurer experiences spiritual blindness/darkness. He declares, “How can I, unless someone guides me.”

So Philip joined him, and, according to verse 35, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached JESUS to him.” In verse 37, Philip extended an invitation to the Ethiopian Treasurer. He responded by saying, “I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the Son of GOD.”

This story defines a divine appointment. Here was a person who needed salvation (the Ethiopian Treasurer) and a person who could share the gospel with him (Philip).

You and I can also pray for divine appointments, just like the one illustrated in Acts 8. In our culture, there are people who are searching just like the Ethiopian Eunuch. Like Philip, we need to be sensitive to the HOLY SPIRIT, allowing Him to lead us to people who desperately need the salvation found solely in JESUS CHRIST.

Pastor Mike

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